The Pan African Network (PAN) is one of five networks within the Standing Committee 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 professional of color in the College Student Personnel field. Specifically, CMA is composed of five singular network:Asian Pacific American, Latino, Native American, Multiracial, and Pan African. All five 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.

Pan African Network Committees

  • Recognizes student affairs professionals committed to supporting the needs of students and professionals of Pan African descent who have excelled in the areas of citizenship, innovation, leadership, and distinguished service to others. These professionals serve as a source of pride and inspiration to others by giving unselfishly of themselves in order to enhance the student affairs profession.
  • All awards recipients and nominees are recognized each year during the annual conference.
Community Outreach & Civic Engagement
  • Develops initiatives and researches programs that promote and raise awareness of issues affecting the Pan African community.
  • Facilitates the Erica Holloman Day of Remembrance (Wear P!NK) at the annual convention.
Culture Fest Liaison
  • Assist CMA with planning and implementing Culture Fest at the annual conference.
Foundation Mentoring
  • To provide new and seasoned African American professionals within the student affairs profession to establish professional relationships.
  • Generate interest in PAN throughout the year.
  • Members of the Membership Committee distribute membership kits during placement. The kits consist of items (i.e. interviewing tips) that are helpful to new participants as they navigate through the placement process.
Public Relations
  • Distributes PAN paraphernalia (i.e. pins, buttons, and brochures) during the annual conference. Furthermore, this committee distributes at least 2 newsletters during the Fall/Spring and maybe a conference edition.
Research and Scholarship
  • Researches trends and current events affecting those identifying with the Pan African community.
  • Maintains a database of grants/assistantships for graduate students interested in pursuing a master/doctorate in higher education.
  • Assists with the facilitation of scholarly publications and PAN-led convention presentations centered on issues concerning students, faculty, and staff of Pan African descent.
  • Provides networking and social opportunities for students and professionals of Pan African descent at the annual ACPA convention.
  • Facilitates regional meet-ups and socials, as requested by the general membership.

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