Antwi A. Akom, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health, and STEM Education at San Francisco State University and is a Co-Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), which focuses on building sustainable cities and schools. Professor Akom has collaborated with schools, community groups, policy makers and researchers to improve the lives and living conditions of poor people of color around the world.
He is nationally and internationally recognized for his work on culturally and community responsive STEM pedagogy including research and studies on GIS mapping and technological innovation, food security/justice, race and education, community-driven sustainable development, and youth participatory action research.
Dr. Akom is the Director of STEM education for $30M East Bay Green Corridor Partnership an innovative collaboration designed to create a thriving region of clean technology, innovation, and sustainable community development that generates high quality jobs and meets social and environmental goals. Dr. Akom is a 2013 Finalist for the Echoing Green award, 2011 recipient of the New Connections Junior Health Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a 2010 recipient of the SFSU RIMI awarded funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities that examines the joint use of schools as places to improve individual and community health. Dr. Akom has held academic appointments at UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Health Policy Institute. His forthcoming books are Building Sustainable Cities and Schools (with Pedro Noguera) and Ameritocracy: The Racing of Our Nations Children.