ARC’s mission is reflected through a range of initiatives that represent the development of Africana scholarship across age range, academic level, and the diaspora.
Two ARC programs focus on post-graduate development—the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship Program and the—while the annual lecture series were developed to share with the Penn State community the scholarly work of noted Africanist and African Americanist civil rights activists. The ARC also routinely co-sponsors events and undergraduate research that supports their mission.
Finally, a special initiative that has been ongoing since 2003, Recognizing Pennsylvania Black Artists. Africana scholarship is emphasized in different ways. Recognizing Pennsylvania Black Artists, bringing in internationally renowned Pennsylvania Black artists, is used to increase cultural diversity and comfort at Penn State and in surrounding communities, while providing to students exposure to role models and masters at the apex of their craft. The long-term goal of this project is to institutionalize Africana scholarship through conferences, the production of manuscripts, the possible emergence of resident scholars, the creation of archives, and course development.