Pan-African Commons

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Our Mission

The Pan-African Commons cultivates cultural, personal, academic, and professional development and opportunities through programming and resources that foster empowerment, enrichment, and principled solidarity that advocates liberation among peoples in the African diaspora.

Our Story

We are a community space that reclaims African, Black American, Caribbean, Central/South American, and Black identities across the world. Programming and identity development aim to preserve ancestry and indigenous solidarity among Afro-descent cultures. Examples include speakers, Ramadan celebration, Black History Month, and professional development. We also provide resources, including; a computer lab, leadership opportunities, campus resources & referrals, lounge space, family-friendly area, shared kitchen, library, and study spaces.


We seek to collaborate with students, community partners, university units, and student organizations. Collaborative events include the use of Cultural Resource Centers staff time, resources, and systems beyond our physical spaces. Submit a request to Janay Wright, Pan-African Commons Interim Program Coordinator at janay@pdx.edu or call 503-725-9370.

Our Collective Agreement

  • PSU students are at the center of our work
  • Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice
  • We respect others and ourselves
  • Our goal is not to agree, but rather, to gain deeper understanding
  • No alcohol or drugs on the premises or in the body
  • We do not tolerate hate speech, derogatory language/actions, or oppressive language/actions
  • We reserve the right to refuse service if the collective agreement is not met or upheld
  • Our student centers are vibrant, lively and not noise controlled spaces.

Contact Us

pac@pdx.edu | (503) 725-9371

Pan-African Commons Interim Program Coordinator: Janay Wright, janay@pdx.edu, (503) 725-9370, (In-person: Monday & Tuesday)

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Help fund our programs, services, and outreach.

Accessibility Accommodations

There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the SMSU floor plan for more information.

We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! You may also contact the Disability Resource Center. While Service Animals are always welcome, the Cultural Resource Centers does not allow pets in our spaces.