Kwame is a 2nd year Urban and Regional Planning Masters student. He is married to his wife Ama Kesewaa. Kwame pursued his undergraduate education in Development Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Prior to beginning his studies at Iowa, Kwame worked as a rural community service worker and later as an urban high school geography teacher. Kwame is interested in community-based participatory research particularly related to community development, health, education and social change.
Kwame currently volunteers with Iowa City Summer of Solutions (ICSoS)-a grassroots organization that develops community-based projects to educate and encourage citizens to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Over the summer of 2012, Kwame interned with ICSoS on an energy-efficiency campaign to raise awareness about resources readily available to residents and businesses to lower their energy costs. Stemming from his community engagement over the summer, Kwame is working on finding effective ways of engaging Iowa City landlords to support energy-efficient rental units. Kwame wishes to garner landlord support for energy-efficiency in a bid to reduce the disproportionate inability of renters to weatherize their living spaces to significantly reduce energy consumption and subsequently save money.