For information on the Brooks Institute, contact
Karen Curls at 816.604.4284.
For information on Criminal Justice programs, go to
Named after Kansas City crime and justice advocate Alvin Brooks, the Brooks Institute/Center of Excellence is an initiative centered on crime prevention, criminal justice and contemporary issues associated with violence.
The Center of Excellence:
- Expands on the criminal justice curriculum at Penn Valley.
- Creates service learning and internships in collaboration of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime.
- Develops lecture series inviting local and national speakers to engage the community in the development of action steps.
- Creates a Midwest think tank on crime and violence.
- Becomes multifaceted to include research on various topics of crime and violence, policy development around crime for review by local leadership and the preparation of students for various positions and jobs beyond traditional criminal justice positions.
- Actively engages students and the community in discussion on crime that can guide them in their roles and responsibilities in creating a more safe and productive community.
Brooks Institute sponsorships:
An example of the Center's contribution is sponsorship of exhibits like that of national traveling art show "Kin Killin' Kin" in February 2017. The exhibit by Ohio artist James Pate included a daylong visit, where Pate not only interacted with students, but the general public. For more on the exhibit and Pate's visit, click on these two links:
James Pate talks with MCC students.
The "Kin Killin' Kin" exhibit has toured nationally.
James Pate with MCC students and instructors.
From left: MCC Chief of Staff Kathy Walter-Mack, MCC-Penn Valley Interim President
Tony Ross, Alvin Brooks and MCC-Penn Valley Social Science Division Chair Karen Curls.
About Alvin Brooks:
Alvin Brooks has been actively involved with Metropolitan Community College since the early 1950s. He was an alumnus of the last segregated class before Lincoln Junior College became part of the Junior College of Kansas City (now MCC).