The Pan African Network (PAN) welcomes you to the #PANFam!


By willingly opting into this Network, you are signing up to be a part of a group of engaged scholar practitioners who strive to create community with, advocate for, and highlight the work of Black student affairs professionals within ACPA and across the profession. PAN is a space where authenticity is lived, wholeness is experienced, and Blackness thrives.

As members of PAN, we welcome your most authentic and unapologetic selves as we work towards building, creating, and sustaining our village. In this space - physically and digitally - your life, existence, experiences, and work matters. At convention and throughout the academic year, our sole purpose is to celebrate you - wholeheartedly, deeply, and fully.

Through the Core Values of PAN – Collaboration, Advocacy, Professional Development, Educational Leadership, Fellowship & Mentoring – we are offering opportunities that (1) honor and acknowledge the various identities we each hold with our Blackness and (2) support the ongoing growth and development of us as scholar practitioners in Student Affairs and Higher Education broadly. Below are opportunities/ways to get involved:

  • Become an awards reviewer for our bimonthly Sawubona Awards Series and/or the annual PAN Achievement Awards;

  • Provides recognition to yourself or worthy colleagues through submissions to awards series, our monthly e-Newsletter, and social media campaigns;

  • Serve as a program reviewer as we select PAN Sponsored programs for convention;

  • Participate in the Foundations Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee;

  • Donate to our annual #PANningCampaign that raises money to support and offset member expenses during convention;

  • Fellowship with us at regional meetups and PAN-sponsored convention events; and

  • Apply to join the directorate board as positions become available.

We encourage you to make this experience your own and allow PAN to be everything it can be for you, with you, and because of you. Stay connected with us as we promote this year’s theme of #RadicalBlackLove and experience being #BlackinBoston during #ACPA19.

Give Back  

#PANning Campaign

The #PANningCampaign is a Pan African Network Fundraiser throughthe ACPA Foundation. With an increase in demand for a space where PAN members are able to be in community and a decrease in institutional funding and support, PAN steps in. The #PANningCampaign provides PAN members with convention funding. Donations of any amount maybe given at

Donate to the Erica Holloman Foundation

Yearly, PAN remembers a dear friend and colleague - Erica J. Holloman. Erica was an active member of PAN and ACPA and served our profession in numerous capacities including: Residence Director, Program Director of Graduate Student Affairs & Multicultural Programming, and Director of Student Life. Prior to her transition, Erica Valiantly battled Triple Negative Breast Cancer while remaining committed to the development and care of students she served. Learn more about Erica’s life and legacy by visiting


Become a Program Reviewer 

PAN annually looks for program reviewers that support our mission and value the intersectional experiences of the Black community. Program reviewers are responsible for scoring between two and four program proposals submitted to be PAN Sponsored programs during the annual ACPA convention. Program review annually takes place in October (specific dates to be confirmed). Contact Research and Scholarship Chairs, Simone Francis, and Jordan Brooks,

Become an Award Reviewer

PAN annually recruits volunteers to assist with reviewing nominations for PAN Awards. Reviewers will be provided with timelines for review and guidelines on how to review nominations. Contact Award Chairs, Steven Johnson, & Joshua Moore, Reviewers may be asked to review the following:

  • Bi-Monthly Awards: PAN Sawubona Awards are open for nominations between September and April, running on a bi-monthly basis. Sawubona awardees are recognized monthly in the PAN newsletter. 
  • Achievement Awards: PAN Achievement Awards are open for nominations September through November. PAN Achievement awardees are recognized during the annual ACPA convention. 

Become a Mentor

The PAN Foundations and Mentoring Team is looking for Mentors for our next cycle of the program. Starting March 2018. You can be a new professional looking to mentor a graduate student or a seasoned professional mentoring a new professional. We are looking for mentors from various positions, institution types, geographical locations, and experiences to help make this program a success this year! Contact Foundations Mentoring Chairs, Jamal Myrick, and Care Allen,