Director: Sheldon B. Wrice, Ed.D. 

Associate Dean, Multi-Disciplinary Studies & Diversity, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Technical Writing & Composition

Ed.D., The University of Akron
M.L.S., Atlanta University
M.A., M.S., The University of Akron
B.A., South Carolina State College 

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. History shows that it does not matter who is in power--those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning" --Carter G. Woodson

The contemporary Black Studies movement came in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. On college campuses with predominantly white student bodies, the protest and demands of African-American students for a relevant education initiated the drive. In the 1970s, The University of Akron instituted the Afro-American Studies Program. The program was designed to give students a familiarity with the history, heritage and culture of African-American student.

In 1996, the Afro-American Studies Program changed its name to Pan-African Studies. The Greek word, "Pan," usually followed by a hyphen, means all, collective, ever embracing, common to all.The Univerisity's Pan-African Studies Program examines the history and culture of people of African descent.

As an interdisciplinary field, Pan-African Studies helps students to gain a better understanding of the African-American experience while proving comparable experiences of others who were a part of the African Diaspora. It studies them from a social, historical, psychological and cultural context.