The IAAA was established in 1969 as a result of protests by Black United Students (BUS). This committee assumes responsibility for assisting collaborative research and program development and implementation, as well as establishing programmatic relationships with various bodies in and surrounding Kent State University. The IAAA also publishes Kitabu and The African American Affairs Monograph Series, which reports the results of IAAA and related research.
Divisions and Programs
This committee provides the settings for the development and support of a community of learners who are working to create a Pan-African future for all people of African descent.
Recognizing that the cultural contributions of blacks have been too long ignored in our society, CPAC, created in 1970, promotes the cultural traditions of Pan-African peoples. It provides opportunities and facilities for the exposition of art forms—painting, sculpture, oral and written literature, poetry, music, dance, theatre—as well as other cultural modes of expression that define people of African descent. Its mission is to complement the academic activities of the Department and to provide a living manifestation of the past and present cultural lives of people in the Pan-African world.
CSA came into existence in 1971 as a joint effort of the Department of Pan-African Studies and the Department of English. Its purpose is to maintain the PAS College Writing program in order to effectively fulfill specific instructional needs of a predominantly African American constituency. The content of the CSA courses is intended to teach critical thinking and impart the writing skills necessary for academic success, while addressing specific issues in the Pan-African experience. Since the traditional College Writing classes can not be expected to tailor their content to this experience, CSA seeks to help eliminate those linguistic as well as cultural barriers which black students may encounter at a predominantly white institution.
Pan-African Studies—Regional Campuses is an academic program offering an Associate of Arts Degree in Pan-African Studies. This major covers the spectrum of Pan-African Studies, i.e., the past, present and future of the Black experience. The Associate Degree with an emphasis in Pan-African Studies provides students with knowledge, personal enrichment and intellectual development to make them more aware of the multi-racial society we live in. It also provides them with the opportunity to share in the total resources that only a large, comprehensive university such as Kent State can offer. Specifically, the Associate Degree in Pan-African Studies integrates aspects of the humanities, the social sciences, research and community development. The Associate Degree of Arts with an emphasis in Pan-African Studies was carefully designed to follow the first two years of course requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in Pan-African Studies.
ACT promotes exposure to and knowledge of the theatrical heritage of peoples of African descent and encourages the participation of students and area residents in the production of Pan-African theatre events. Black theatre came into existence with the advent of the IAAA (now the Department of Pan-African Studies) in 169-70 and the development of the Black Drama Workshop (1973) . In 1981, the workshop took a new direction and evolved into a major theatrical component of DPAS which is now referred to as the African Community Theatre. Nucleus groups are Mbari Mbayo Players who are supported by the offering of the African Theatre Arts and Black Dramatic Literature classes, workshops, and touring performances in schools, community centers, conferences, and professional theatres.
Student Support Services are designed to provide services to all students but especially to African and African American students (graduate and undergraduate) in order to assist them in meeting the day-to-day challenges they face at Kent State. Many services are directed primarily (though not exclusively) at freshmen, since the first year is often the most crucial in determining a student’s academic success. Services include recruitment and follow-up, orientation, academic and personal counseling, tutoring, advocacy, a textbook loan program, career development, placement assistance and financial advisement.
The Department of Pan-African Studies offers to its majors and minors, as well as students majoring in other areas, an Internship Program which provides the student with practical work experience in government, non-profit businesses or community service organizations.
This Internship Program is offered through the Department’s African American Affairs Practicum, and is available to junior and senior students who, while working as an intern, may earn 1-12 academic credit hours. Students are placed in various agencies which match their areas of interest. These placements are generally away from their home communities. Sometimes students may receive compensation for the internship, though this should not be expected.
The Internship Program is limited in its possibilities only by the imagination of the students and their DPAS and placement advisors. In addition to government and community-service internships offered locally, in the state of Ohio and in other states, there is the possibility for internships to be served in various African and Caribbean countries.
In order to gain the relevant skills, students are placed in positions at home and abroad which bring them into direct contact with African and African/American peoples who are working to build viable communities. A major raison d’être for the Internship Program is to help students develop COMMUNITY-BUILDING SKILLS and an ATTITUDE OF SELF-RELIANCE.
At the termination of the internship, the placement organization is required to submit to the chair a detailed performance evaluation based on variables related to the elements of the internship. Each intern will be directed to submit a self-evaluation that will among other things outline in detail the nature of the organization sponsoring her or his internship, the skills gained, the individuals he or she worked with, and the possibility for future employment in that agency or a similar agency after graduation. No internship will not be graded using the standard University grading system, except DPAS will no t confer “Inc” grades under any circumstance.
The Colloquia are designed to provide an opportunity for structured discussions of issues affecting the African community and its development, research in progress and results, literature reviews and other matters of academic and/or socio-cultural concern. Faculty, staff and students may request speakers and are encouraged to participate. The series of colloquia are to be organized and directed by the director of the Institute of African American Affairs.
The purpose of the Pan-African Festival, usually held in late April/early May, is to provide a week-long experience that can be shared by all on the Kent State University campus and in the surrounding communities. The Festival affirms our common heritage and determination to continue to educate ourselves. The Festival is planned and executed by the Center of Pan-African Culture, the Black United Students, campus organizations and community residents.
This is a departmental research library and reading room for faculty, staff, students and community. It was named after Henry Dumas, an African American poet and short-story writer. Henry Dumas (July 20, 1934-May 23, 1968) was a brilliant African American writer and poet. Dumas was born in Sweet Home, Arkansas in 1934 and he lived there until the age of ten, when he moved to New York City; however, he always kept with him the religious and folk traditions of his hometown. In Harlem, he attended public school and graduated from Commerce High School in 1953. After graduating, he enrolled in the Air Force and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he met future wife, Loretta Ponton. The couple married in 1955 and had two sons, David in 1958 and Michael in 1962. Dumas was in the military until 1957, at which time he enrolled at Rutgers University but never attained a degree. In 1967, Dumas began work at Southern Illinois University’s Experiment in Higher Education in East St. Louis. At EHE, Dumas was a teacher and counselor. It was here that he met fellow teacher and poet, Eugene Redmond, forming a close collaborative relationship that would prove so integral to Dumas’ posthumous career.
The Photographic Studio and Lab is dedicated to James Van DerZee and is under the control of the Director of CPAC. African American James Augustus Joseph Van DerZee (born June 29, 1886, Lenox Mass., U.S.; died May 15, 1983, Washington, DC). He was an avid photographer of urban African American life. By 1906, he had moved with his family to Harlem in New York City. After a brief stint at a portrait studio in Newark, NJ, he returned to Harlem to se up his own studio. The portraits he took from 1918 to 1945 chronicled the Harlem Renaissance; among this many renowned subjects were Countee Cullen, Bill Robinson, and Marcus Garvey. After World War II, his fortunes declined until the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited his photographs in 1969.
The Department, through the IAAA, publishes its monthly newsletter KITABU which circulated nationally. The African American Affairs Monograph Series projected to become a referred scholarly journal, published each spring semester. Even though KITABU has an internal-use value, IAAA seeks to print articles and announcements of value to a general audience as well. The Department encourages faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students to submit articles, creative writings, reviews, etc. to either of these publications.
a. All faculty and staff should advise students to make full use of the personal computers in the DPAS Computer Lab. The University’s computer technicians can offer each student a manual outlining how to use the personal computers and Microsoft Word as well as other word processing applications and software. Those faculty and staff who need to upgrade their computer skills can also seek help from the University’s Help Desk (672-HELP).
AT THE START OF EVERY SEMESTER, THE CSA DIRECTOR WILL POST HOURS IN THE COMPUTER LAB DURING WHICH HE/SHE OR A CSA STAFF MEMBER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TUTOR AND HELP STUDENTS WITH VARIOUS ASSIGNMENTS.
It is the policy of the Department of Pan-African Studies (1) to attempt to provide students with appropriate access to local, national, and international sources of information and (2) to provide access to information resources that will be used by members of its student community with respect for privacy and the public trust.
In accordance with this policy, the Department works to ensure that intellectual property and Department and University records are protected from unauthorized use or distribution.
All users of the computer lab’s resources should be mindful of the impact of their participation on the campus community, and should engage in only authorized use and should be abide by standards of good citizenship in general.
Users of DPAS Computer Lab are expected to use these resources in a responsible and efficient manner. Users are expected to refrain from engaging in illegal, unauthorized, inappropriate, for-profit, or deliberately illegal or wasteful practices as outlined in the Standard Practice Guide.
General Computer Lab Usage Rules
Computer lab users are expected to follow these basic rules:
- All Computer Lab users must check in and out (current Student ID/Lab Pass required). One Computer workstation per current student user is allowed.
- ABSOLUTELY NO Food or Drinks are allowed in the DPAS Computer Lab. (Anyone with food and/or drinks will be asked to dispose of them OR will be ushered out of the Computer Lab.)
- Games are not allowed in the Computer Lab (exceptions are simulations used by the instructors in his/her curriculum or games that come preloaded with the operating system).
- Downloading programs from the Internet onto the hard drive is not allowed.
- Loading programs from diskette or CD onto the hard drive is not allowed.
- Copying applications from the file servers or hard drive is not allowed.
- Saving of personal data on the hard drive is not allowed and will be deleted.
- Computers are not to be sued by students or faculty for commercial gain.
- Altering the software/hardware configuration on the machines will result in disciplinary action against the offender.
- All Computer Lab users must use respect of the lab facility and other users when printing, especially from the Internet. Don’t print unnecessary documents. Limit your printing to what is needed for your classes. Please, no multiple copies without prior approval of the Computer Lab supervisor.
- Computer Lab consultants are available to assist with basic computer problems.
- Absolutely NO CELL PHONE conversations in the Computer Labs.
- Keep your passwords to yourself. Change your password right away if you think someone else may know it.
- Do not save your work to the hard drive – use you Jump Drive or other storage device. (Unauthorized file and programs will be routinely removed.)
- Collaborative work and quiet conversations are allowed. (Please be considerate. Refrain from loud talking, laughter or music.)
- During high demand for computers, there will be no personal or recreational uses of equipment. (This ensures that students have an opportunity to access the computers for course work.)
Computer lab patrons are required to comply with the University and the Department of Pan-African Studies Computer Lab Rules of Conduct. Lab consultants have responsibility for enforcing these rules, and will notify lab users if they are in violation. Failure to comply with these rules may result in removal from the labs, loss of computing privileges, disciplinary review, or other disciplinary actions.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE LAB CONSULTANTS IF YOU FEEL THAT ANY OF THESE RULES ARE BEING VIOLATED.
Failure to Comply
If anyone refuses to comply with the established policies, that person will be asked to leave the building. If the individual refuses to leave the building, the police will be called and that person will be escorted out of the building.
- Academic Computing is not responsible for any lost, misplaced or stolen items.
- Academic Computing is not responsible for any lost or damaged disks, files, or data.
- Computers may crash so be sure to save your data often.
- Lab Attendants, Proctors, or Supervisors bear no responsibility for lost or damaged information if they attempt to remove a virus from your files or fix a damaged disk.
This suite of offices houses our primary student organizations who are members of the CPAC-Student Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to foster a strong sense of unity, communication and programming among our student organizations and the Center of Pan-African Culture.