Pan African Studies
Pan African Studies works in collaboration with a host of Departments and Programs on and off campus.
Leadership, Scholarship, and Service
The Cooper Woodson College Enhancement Program (CWC) is an academic support and retention program for undergraduate students. The CWC program was developed out of the need to increase the low retention and graduation rates of underserved students. It is an association of faculty, staff, students, and community members who are committed to providing support services which will promote academic success and increase the likelihood of graduation. It involves adults in the community assuming responsibility for shaping and guiding a learning environment supportive of, responsive to, and nurturing of students. The CWC mission of Leadership, Scholarship and Service is enduring, successful, and a model that has primarily informed the recent $1.8 million grant for Asian Americans acquired by Timothy Fong of Ethnic Studies Department.
Every year Pan African Studies collaborates with the Center for Africa Peace and Conflcit Resolution to host an annual conference that attracts national and international participants and audiences.
The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) was established to provide conflict resolution and reconciliation services for agencies, governments, organizations, businesses communities and groups through training, education, research, and intervention. CAPCR's goal is to develop and provide training on mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and other conflict resolution services for institutions, community agencies, governments, and related professional groups (in US/Africa).
Pan African Studies has strong connections with both the mission and the founder of Congress of African Peoples, Dr. David Covin. Students of Pan African Studies and scholars of Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program participate in the annual convening of CAP.
The Congress of African Peoples as implemented in Sacramento arose out of the belief that it was important to connect the findings of Black scholars with our practice in the community. If, for example, scholars had discovered that the wheel had been invented, it was a total waste to start at zero and try to invent it. It is important to use what we already know, to pick up the wheel, put it on what we want to move, and carry on.In Black politics, Black scholars had conclusively confirmed that: (1) Black people all over the world crave unity, they want to come together as a united people; (2) They have tried that many times, in many places, and every time, when they try to initiate an action program, the program fails and the effort falls apart. Black people are too diverse - globally, nationally, and locally - for unified action to be a feasible approach. Nevertheless, Black people can benefit, from coming together with all their variety, on a regular basis, to share information and perspectives. In such a setting, they don't have to agree on a unified approach. Indeed, they don't have to agree on anything except meeting, yet they can benefit from the information they gain, from exposure to a wide range of perspectives, and they can find people with whom, in another setting, they CAN agree on goals and objectives, and engage in productive work. The key is consistency: meeting on a regular basis, and not attempting action-oriented efforts that not only will fail (the scholarship tells us that), but that also will tear the community of engagement apart. from Dr. David Covin, Founder
The MLK Center is a home-base of support led by students and built for students.The Center provides a study lounge to promote community and scholastic achievement, technology support and services to facilitate completion of course assignments, a reception area to help students with key questions for success, and a program office to assist with advising and other student engagement and community development needs. As a part of the Center, Academic Strategies courses are offered, along with Sankofa Talks to allow for reflections on the past to inform the future.