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Pan-African Commons


About the Pan-African Commons (PAC)

The Pan-African Commons is 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. 

Contact Us, (503) 725-9371

Physical Location
1825 SW Broadway, Suite 236
Portland, OR 97201

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




Program Coordinator, Pan-African Commons: Shanice Clarke, 503-725-9370.


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 of the African diaspora.

Hours & Location

The Pan-African Commons (SMSU 236) is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours vary during school breaks. PAC will be closed during winter break, December 11th-January 5th.


In November 2015, Black Student Union proposed a list of demands, which included a resource center for Black and African students. Proceeding the Student of Color Speak Out in December 2015, President Wim Wiewel announced the opening of two new cultural resource centers. For more information on the implemented process in opening the centers, please go to Gathering Space: Building Community.

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. 

Advocacy Services with Shanice Clarke

Shanice Clarke offers confidential support for stalking, relationship violence, sexual harrassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence.

  1. - Online at
  2. - In-person at my workstation in the Pan-African Commons, Smith Memorial Student Union 236
  3. - Over the phone by calling (503)725-9370

**If you are expereiencing an emercency and you need immediate assistance please call Campus Public Safety at 503-725-4404 or call 911.


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