The Pan African Network (PAN) sponsors the Pan African Network Achievement Awards to recognize African American/Black Student Affairs Professionals 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.

Nomination Criterion:

Any member of ACPA-College Student Educators International can be nominated for PAN awards.

The Nominator is not required to be a member of ACPA in order to submit a nomination.

Nominations are due Friday, November 2nd.

All awards recipients and nominees will be announced during the ACPA annual convention March 3-6, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Join us in showing #RadicalBlackLove by submitting a nomination today!

Questions regarding the awards process can be directed to PAN Awards Co-Chairs:

Steven Johnson Jr |

Joshua Moore |

Nomination link:


Pan African Network Entity Awards Descriptions:

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is designed to recognize the early accomplishments of up-and-coming student affairs professionals. Any professional full-time graduate student or graduate assistant studying at the Master's or Doctoral Degree Level is eligible for this award. The committee will recognize the graduate student who has made significant contribution to the profession through academic research, work, and service.

Outstanding New Professional Award

The Outstanding New Professional Award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of student affairs professionals with no more than three (3) years of experience within the profession. The committee will recognize the professional who have begun to develop their leadership skills and made significant contributions to the profession.

The Erica Holloman Award

The Erica Holloman Award is designed to honor a professional who has made significant personal and professional contributions to enhance the mission and vision of the Pan African Network. This recognition was created in honor of our esteemed colleague Erica Holloman, who valiantly battled Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Prior to her transition, Erica bravely fought her battle while remaining committed to the development and care of the students she served. She was an active member of PAN/ACPA and served our profession in numerous capacities including Residence Director, Program Director of Graduate Student Affairs & Multicultural Programming, and Director of Student Life.

Nominees can be graduate students or professionals. No minimum years of experience are required.

Meet our 2018 Pan African network Achievement Awards Recipients

Outstanding Graduate Student

Shamika Karikari is a graduate student at Miami University of Ohio, where she serves as the Doctoral Associate for the Center for Career Exploration and Success.

"What drew me to the field of student affairs is my desire to give back because so much was given to me as an undergraduate student. When I was an undergraduate, I had mentors who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They saw something in me and provided the support and encouragement that was necessary for me to build my own confidence and find my voice. I’m forever grateful for the mentors who saw in me what I could not yet see in myself. My hope is to provide similar support to college students. I want them to be confident in their abilities and to know that when they feel lost, there is a support system around them that wants to help them succeed. I want to be in student’s corner, cheering them own, and speaking life into their lives.

My greatest accomplishment to date is receiving the Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color award from Miami University in 2016. This award recognizes women of color who initiate conversations about diversity, advocate for justice and equality, and serve as role models. Additionally, the award recognizes spirited women of color, particularly those who have been warm and welcoming to others. Receiving this award was a great honor as I look up to many of the past recipients of the award. As well, it formally recognized the work I had been doing on campus and my desire to build equitable learning environments for all. I was pleasantly surprised that I was nominated by my peers and voted on by the committee to be one of the recipients. In the next 3-5 years, I see my impact in the field centering on advancing research around the experiences of Black women. I want to promote the knowledge and expertise of Black women and help bring our stories and experiences to the forefront. There are scholars currently doing this research and I hope to add to their brilliant contributions as we fight to make Black women central instead of marginal in research."


Outstanding New Professional

Ufuoma Abiola, Ed.D. is the Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Advising at the University of Pennsylvania.

"My passion for working with diverse students is what drew me to the field of higher education/student affairs. My background is in psychology – I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. While practicing as a Clinician/Therapist and Diagnostician, I began to teach undergraduate psychology courses as an Adjunct Professor. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and advising students, so I decided to pursue a career in higher education/student affairs. In order to gain a better understanding of how the enterprise of higher education is structured, governed, and managed, I earned an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE). In 2017, I also received an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Penn GSE. My research interests involve college student affairs, and increasing students of color persistence and success at higher education institutions. With a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education/student affairs, some of my greatest impacts/accomplishments in the field include innovating inclusive programs, publications, and courses.I am the Co-Creator of the Wharton Successful Transition & Empowerment Program (STEP). STEP is a pre-orientation and first-year experience readiness program at TheWharton School, which is intended to help historically underrepresented freshman students to successfully acclimate to college life at a predominantly White Ivy League institution. I strive to lead, learn, and serve in a diverse and changing world. In the next 3-5 years, I see my continued impact in the field of higher education/student affairs as being an effective leader and educator who advances innovation, diversity, and inclusion."


The Erica Holloman Award for Distinguished Service


In honor of the life and service of Erica J. Holloman, PAN annually recognizes a professional who has made significant personal and professional contributions to enhance the mission and vision of the Pan African Network. Dr. Jeffery Burgin was the 2018 recipient. 

"I was blessed to have amazing Student Affairs professionals at the University of Cincinnati Eric Abercrumbie, Frank Bowen, Bleuzette Marshall, Michael Enderly, Mary Ellen Ashley, Ed Kizer, Dan Cummins and Mitchel Livingston to name a few. Because of their care for me and other students, “the call” on my professional life occurred because of their actions and my interactions with them. It takes a village so no accomplishment is in isolation. I provide encouragement and guidance in order to see students walk across the stage at graduation or reach a personal goal. Taking a chance on a student who has made a mistake and for them to come back years later to say thank you for changing their lives. Those are moments thatmake me proud and feel accomplished. I will always lend an ear to my colleagues especially young professionals. Whether it be as a CSAO or as a College President my aspiration is simple. As Dr. King stated, “I just want to do God’s will...”