Message from the Co-Chairs
Welcome to the African-American Knowledge Community! The AAKC brings together professionals of all degree and experience levels to increase awareness of, knowledge about, and appreciation of trends and issues impacting African-American professionals and students. We welcome your participation with creating and sharing knowledge about the African-American experience in higher education. It is our goal to connect the members of this constituency, mentor and raise the profile of Black students, staff, administrators and faculty on campuses across America and globally.
Serve as a regional representative for the African American Knowledge Community. Regional representatives assist with moving the AAKC national agenda forward and lead KC activities within the region. Each region has a leadership team structure similar to the national leadership team. The regional teams work to increase the number of NASPA members who affiliate with AAKC, host AAKC activities at regional and national conferences, and connect African Americans and those interested in the African American experience across the region. Connect with your regional representative for more ways to get involved in your region.
Region 1: Kristina Hall-Michel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 2: Kimberly Springer, email@example.com
Region 3: Dr. Mel Norwood, II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Sparks, email@example.com
Region 4E: Janelle Love, firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 4W: Cletra Peters, email@example.com
Millard Curtis, CurtisM@lincolnu.edu
Region 5: VACANT
Region 6: Aaron Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
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AAKC Signature events
1. African American Business Meeting (Open to everyone), national conference
2. African American Men's and Women's Summit and AAKC Annual Networking Reception, national conference
3. Soul Soiree, national conference
4. Candid Conversations, national conference
5. First timers conference navigation, national conference
6. Vice President’s Circle, national conference
At this year’s annual conference there are a number of ways to engage with us. Please stay to tuned for more details on the events below. Also our AAKC City Guide will be posted in January 2018.
March 3-7, 2018, Philadelphia
1. AAKC Leadership Team Meeting (Closed, only executive team)
Venue: Courtyard, Logan Room
Date and Time: 3/3/2018 6:00 - 8:00 PM
2. Black Lives Matter – Solidarity Photo Meetup
Date and Time: 3/4/2018, immediately following opening ceremony
3. African American KC - First Time Attendees Meet and Greet
Venue: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia Ballroom South
Date and Time: 3/5/2018 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
4. Mentoring Meetup
Date and Time: 3/4/2018, TBA
5. African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) - Open Business Meeting
Venue: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Horizons Rooftop Ballroom
Date and Time: 3/5/2018 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
6. African American Knowledge Community - CANDID CONVERSATIONS 1
Venue: Courtyard, Rittenhouse room
Date and Time: 3/5/2018 4:00-5:00 PM
7. Soul Soiree
Venue: TBA (local Philadelphia Black-owned business)
Date and Time: 3/5/2018 TBA
8. Black Excellence Breakfast (VPSAs and Grad Students only) - Invite only
Venue: Loews, Congress B room
Date and Time: 3/6/2018 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
9. African American Knowledge Community - CANDID CONVERSATIONS 2
Venue: Courtyard, Rittenhouse room
Date and Time: 3/6/2018 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
African American Knowledge Community 2021 Awards
We are seeking nominations for the following African American Knowledge Community annual awards:
- Umoja Award for Graduate Students
- Kuumba Award for New Professionals
- Nia Award for Mid-Level Professionals
- Sankofa Award for Senior Student Affairs Officers
Below you will find information about each award and a submission link; the deadline to submit nominations is October 27, 2020, at 5 p.m. Eastern.
Umoja Award for Graduate Students
This award is presented to an exemplary graduate student in student affairs and services. This individual is a rising young professional who continuously seeks to integrate their research and practice with the needs of the African American population. The graduate student nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of the award, Umoja: the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."
Kuumba Award for New Professionals
This award is presented to an exemplary new professional in student affairs and services. This NASPA member has worked 1-4 years in the student affairs field and has contributed in various ways to the student culture on campus and the African American Knowledge Community. The new professional nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of the Kuumba: Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.
Nia Award for Mid-Level Professionals
This award is presented to an exemplary mid-level professional in student affairs and services. Mid-level professionals have a minimum of 5 years full-time experience in the student affairs field. This NASPA member has been involved with the organization for a number of years, has been actively involved with African American Knowledge Community. The Mid- Level professional nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of Nia: Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.
Sankofa Award for Senior Student Affairs Officer
This award is presented to a Senior Student Affairs Officer that has provided the support and commitment to the African American Knowledge Community. This NASPA member has provided leadership and guidance to African Americans in higher education. The Senior Student Affairs Officer nominated for this award should demonstrates the meaning of Sankofa, “teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.”
To nominate someone for an award, please use this submission form to share the nominee's information, a letter of recommendation/nomination, and the nominee's CV/resume (optional).
African American Knowledge Community Professional Mentoring Program
The AAKC has developed a Professional Mentoring Program to develop strong professional bonds in strengthening future student personnel administrators, while aligning them with their professional goals. The purpose of this program is to have continued developmental communication in the field of higher education, both for the mentor and mentee.
Please join us at our Business Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019 at NASPA LA. Here is where paired members will be able to meet and continue with their professional connection. Others who wish to mentor, or to be mentored are highly welcome to attend. Those who are present and interested will be able to sign up for our 2019-20 pairing.
To request immediate information, send all inquiries to email@example.com.
Please find past spotlights below:
- Spring 2016 Best Practices Spotlight - The Barbershop Talks Series at San Jose State University
- Spring 2016 Best Practices Spotlight - Aztec Scholars Initiatives at San Diego State University
- Fall 2014 Best Practices Spotlight
African American Knowledge Community Public Policy Briefs
The African American Knowledge Community produces public policy briefs on issues impacting the African American experience in Higher Education. Please contact the AAKC.Voice@gmail.com for more information and/or if you are interested in writing a public policy brief.
African American Knowledge Community Webinars
The African American Knowledge Community sponsors two webinars every year focused on issues impacting the African American experience in higher education. On February 6, 2013, we co-sponsored"Looking Beyond Latinos: The True Face of Undocumented Students" webinar with the Latino Knowledge Community. In 2014, the AAKC sponsored a "State of the African American Professional" webinar on February 12, 2014 and "State of the African American Student" webinar in May 2014.
Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.
The African American Knowledge Community compiled the following list of resources; however, inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement of the information, site, or organization by NASPA and any of its entities
Check out this year's conference guide for Philly 2018 -
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