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.

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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.

Students at PAC's Perseverance and Complexion event

Hours & Location

The Pan-African Commons (SMSU 236) is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m during the academic year. Hours vary during school breaks. PAC is currently closed until Fall 2018. 


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. Book an appointment these three ways:

  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.


Pan-African Commons 1-Year Assessment (2016-2017)


Social Media
Follow us on IG, @pacpdx