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Pan African Student Association (PASA)

The PASA was established to provide African students with the opportunity to experience, promote, and share African-oriented dance, music, creativity, and culture through various performances each academic year. The PASA was also created to unite the African students in the university. The organization has a mission of enlightening the general student population about the true nature of Africa and its culture, history, and people.

Group photo from the 1967 East and Central African Leader Summit

About the Picture

The 1967 East and Central African Leader Summit in Kampala, Uganda, brought together a number of figures who were or would become extremely significant in modern African history. In the front row (left to right) are President Grégoire Kayibanda of Rwanda, President Jean-Bédel Bokassa of the Central African Republic, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Prime Minister Ismail al-Azhari of Sudan, and President Joseph Désiré Mobutu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Included in the back row are President Milton Obote of Uganda (second from left), President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania (third from left), President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia (third from right), and Prime Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Egal of Somalia (second from right).

The objectives of the Pan-African Student Association are to:

  • Identify the common problems faced by African people and people of African descent and to explore solutions to these problems
  • Promote the crucial contributions that Africa’s future leaders can make to the development of Africa
  • Give vitality to the studies of African students by showing how they can use their studies to address the problems of Africa and contribute to technology transfer to the continent, to the return of talent to Africa and to the spirit of service to the people of Africa
  • Create a more informed awareness among Americans about events in Africa and build a stronger sense of collaboration among African students, Americans, and all of humankind as a basis for an international network of leaders

All students and faculty registered with IUP shall be eligible for membership.


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