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Africana Research Center

The ARC office is closed due to the ongoing pandemic. Our staff and faculty are working remotely Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Administrative staff can be reached via email at or via telephone at (814) 865-6144.

Welcome to the Africana Research Center

“The mission of the ARC is to encourage and support research and scholarship on Africa and its Diaspora that will enhance the lives of persons of African descent in the United States and throughout the Diaspora, and serve as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach missions of Penn State.