Pan-African Commons

Students hanging out in PAC


June 1st, 2020: The PAC physical space is closed in compliance with safety ordinances. Our staff is working remotely Monday - Thursday in accordance with the Workshare program until further notice. 

Black Lives Matter: Blackness is not monolithic; the Black identity consists of multiple layers and intersecting identities. Historically, the Black community has turned a blind eye to the struggles of the Black LGBTQ+ community. The Black Freedom Movement would not have persisted without the efforts of civil rights leaders such as Ernestine Eckstein and Bayard Rustin. The death of Tony Mcdade has exposed the world to the injustices faced by the Black Trans community. Black lives cannot matter without acknowledging that Black Trans lives matter. Pan-African Commons commits to exploring intersectionality and providing space for students within the African diaspora to discuss social justice issues such as anti-Blackness and police brutality. Read more.

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. To learn more, please visit Reservations?Collaborations.

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

Contact Us | (503) 725-9391

Physical Location 
1825 SW Broadway Suite 236
Portland, OR 97201

Mailing Address 
Cultural Resource Centers, 
Portland State University 
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97201

Pan-African Commons Program Coordinator: Courtney Taylor,, 503-725-2609


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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 Smith ADA Access PDF 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.