2023-2024 PAN Chairs: Nikita Haynie & James Thomas

Our enthusiasm as your Chairs for the 2023-2024 100th ACPA Convention year, is a direct reflection of our passion for advocating and creating a safe space for the equity and inclusivity of Blackness across all binaries. While the Black experience is nuanced it isn’t monolithic, we are strong advocates of speaking truth to power to the current state of Black practitioners in Higher Education. We hope to continue to assist in engaging Black Higher Education practitioners current and future to be seen, rejuvenated, restored, and revitalized. We intend to do so with our theme: Black in King: A Modern Renaissance. It is now time to name how our royalty shows up through the pillars: retention, engagement, and creativity.


The creation of retention spaces of members within the field or adjacent are needed. With intentional brave spaces for members to collectively discuss challenges, community problem solves, professionally develop, and strategic practice to enhance retention.


It is our hope as we continue to move the Pan African Network forward, we create space to amplify Black creativity by bringing increased exposure, awareness, and support to creative Black practitioners and scholars through intentional initiatives and programs. Melissa Kimble, the creator of #blkcreatives, profoundly stated: “The world does not move without Black creativity.”


Yvette Clark stated, “We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness. More specifically as we head to our 100th ACPA, Chicago is notable in the depth and richness of Black history and creativity.

As we lead you toward ACPA’s 100th Anniversary. We ask you to reflect on What part will you play in this renaissance of the next 100 years of ACPA, higher education, and the global community? We are excited for you to be on this journey of Black Is King: A Modern Renaissance!

In Radical Black Love,

Nikita Haynie & James Thomas

Chairs, 2023-2024

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