Pan-African Commons


About the Pan-African Commons (PAC) 

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. 

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. 


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Contact, Hours, & Location

Courtney Taylor, Program Coordinator, Pan-African Commons, 503-725-2609
The Pan-African Commons is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm during the academic year.
Physical Location
1825 SW Broadway (SMSU), Suite 236
Portland, OR 97201
Mailing Address
Cultural Resource Centers
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97201
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.  


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