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Mission Statement

The Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) is dedicated to the study and development of global Africa, which comprises the African continent and its Diaspora throughout the world—the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  The unifying purpose and theoretical approach of Pan-African Studies is an examination of Africa and her people from an African-centered viewpoint.  This theoretical perspective presupposes an intrinsic value in knowing African epistemologies and world views.  DPAS also values the interrelationship between academic inquiry and the creative arts.  The Center of Pan-African Culture and the African Community Theatre are forums for the expression and visceral exploration of African peoples, their experiences, cultures and worldviews.  Framed as such, DPAS is a complex organization that includes a holistic curricular focus on the fine arts, the humanities and the social sciences.