The Pan African Network (PAN) is one of four Networks within the Coalition on Multicultural Affairs (CMA) of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). CMA serves as a liaison to ACPA's leadership, focusing attention on issues in education and trends, which affect students and professionals of color in the College Student Personnel field. 

Specifically, CMA is composed of four singular networks: Asian Pacific American Network (APAN), Latinx Network (LN), Multiracial Network (MRN), and Pan African Network (PAN). All four Networks work collectively to promote diversity within ACPA. CMA is a nationally visible and action-oriented group that addresses the changing cultural dynamic within higher education institutions and works to create multicultural strategies and solutions.


The Mission of The Pan African Network (PAN) is to provide programs and resources that service the needs of ACPA members who identify with–and support the causes of– the Pan African community. PAN strives to accomplish its purpose through the implementation of six Core Values, which serve as guidelines for our programmatic outcomes: Educational Leadership, Collaboration, Fellowship, Advocacy, Professional Development, and Mentoring.


The Pan African Network values its visible presence within the CMA and the larger ACPA body. PAN is committed to promoting the issues of all individuals of African heritage in higher education. As we progress through the 21st century, PAN will continue to (1) champion issues and advocate the needs of the Pan African culture, (2) cultivate scholarly achievement through conference presentations and publication, and (3) increase leadership opportunities and professional development within the organization and the field of
higher education.

In recognizing the value of learning, growth and development, PAN provides networking opportunities for all its members and seeks to create an environment of support and professional development. As a body, weseek to be inclusive and welcoming to ACPA members who are interested and/or have a desire to advancing the goals and objectives of PAN.

Past Chairs

As a Network, PAN has and will continue to grow and expand to remain in a position of relevancy and advocacy in the field. We honor the hard work and dedication of the Past Chairs of the Pan African Network, and continuously strive to move forward in the direction they envisioned.

Jasmine A. Lee, 2019, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Jordan S. West, 2018, The George Washington University

Kyle Williams, 2017, Washington University, St. Louis

Tonisha Lane, 2016, University of South Florida

Jonathan A. McElderry, 2015, Wake Forest University

Shawna Patterson-Stephens, 2014, Williams College

Johnika K. Dreher, 2013, Prince George’s Community College

Unity Watts, 2012

Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, 2011, University of Toledo

LaShandra Little, 2010, The National Society of High School Scholars

Tracey Cameron, 2009, Wellesley College

Richard Marks, 2008, St. Louis University

Christopher C. Catching, 2007, Stockton University

Samantha Ivery, 2006, Bennington College

Chayla Haynes, 2005, Texas A&M University