Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA)

The Institute for African American Affairs, a segment of the Department of Pan-African Studies, complements the unit's academic activities in providing practical support for the development of research/ scholarship opportunities and innovative teaching methods. The institute facilitates interactions between the Department of Pan-African Studies and the northeastern Ohio community, as well as encourages links between the department and other parts of Kent State University's campus.

Institute Programs and Events

  • Sponsors colloquia and speakers representing the black artistic and intellectual community
  • Plans and hosts conferences on the black experience and the contributions African people have made towards the development of world culture
  • Supports the Communication Skills and Arts programs and the African American Affairs practicum, which places students in community-based institutions and projects
  • Provides students interested in becoming Pan-African Studies teachers and scholars with valuable experience and training
  • Facilitates teacher and student exchanges with cooperating institutions throughout the Diaspora and the African continent.

Services Provided

Research, workshops, and seminars concerning people of African descent


Dr. Amoaba Gooden

Department of Pan-African Studies
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Phone: 330-672-2300
Fax: 330-672-4837

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