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Brian Peterson

Director, Makuu

Brian Peterson is the Director of Makuu, Penn’s Black Cultural Center. He is also a three-time Penn grad – first from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and later earning his master’s and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Education. In addition to teaching ‘Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy’ (URBS), he’s also co-taught ‘The History of People of African Descent at the University of Pennsylvania’ (AFRC) and has served as a pre-major advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the proud father of five children (Nia, Jalen, Nicholas, Myles, and Quincy), author of four books (including Higher Learning: Maximizing Your College Experience), and co-founder of two social impact initiatives – Ase Academy in 1999 and The Economic Justice Partnership in 2022 . You can learn more about Brian and his work in this 2020 Penn Today article, “The Connector”.