Center of Pan-African Culture

Dr. Shemariah J. Arki identifies as an educator, an activist, and an organizer.

Currently serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies and as the director of the Center for Pan African Culture, both at Kent State University, she is an intersectional feminist scholar with expert knowledge and skills to develop, implement, facilitate and evaluate curricula that promote institutional equity, communication, and access for traditionally marginalized students and families.

In addition to earning a master's and doctorate degree in education, Dr. Arki has also received a graduate certificate from the Penn Equity Institute for Doctoral Students from the Center for The Study of Race & Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also been a certified Federal EEO investigator since 2017. In 2019, Dr. Arki was enstooled as Bonyi Bofor (Queen Mother) Akosua Kalesea of the Igbaba lineage, in the village of Akpafu Todzi, Volta region, Ghana – the future home of Ellipsis International, a secondary school for girls.

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