Staff Spotlight: Alfred Akuoko-Boateng

Describe briefly what you do and how long have you been at Brown?
I started working at Brown as an Area Coordinator on August 25, 2020. March 25, 2021 made it 7 months since I started at Brown. As an Area Coordinator (AC), I oversee a number of Brown University residence halls and leased housing. My responsibilities include supervising student staff who provide support and implement programs for their assigned community, refer students to appropriate campus resources, and assist with other administrative duties as needed. A week as an area coordinator may consist of doing a wellness check, being that Administrator on Call (AOC), sitting in multiple committee meetings, engaging in developmental 1-on-1 meetings with student staff and hosting weekly staff meetings for student staff, doing rounds of buildings and assisting with or leading student programming. Each day as an AC is very unique and brings with several opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of students.

What work projects excite you?
I really enjoy hands-on projects. Any opportunity that allows me to build something with my hands excites me. I also enjoy creating systems to improve day to day tasks.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t working as an Area Coordinator, I would most likely be working with a college prep organization or a nonprofit with emphasis on student development and success. I really enjoy doing service work and contributing to the growth of other individuals and communities. I recall in middle school; I would meet some of my clasmates at the library after school to tutor them because I wanted to see them excel. In high school, I worked with my school’s Swartz Male Success Program to prep middle school students for high school. As a college student I volunteered at my local community center tutoring students and assisting them with their homework assignments.

Can you recommend a book that is important to you?
“Leader Eat Last” by Simon Sinek. This is a very good practical and aspirational book. I have applied many of the ideas shared in this book to my line of work and how I supervise my student staff.