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Our Story

Our Story

Libbie Cameron

Founder

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The Association of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars (APADS) was founded by Drs. Nelle Becker-Slaton, Sandra Cox, and Marion Maddox in 1981.
 
Together they formed a support group to address the issues and challenges of the doctoral process for Pan-African students.
 
Members come from the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, and other parts of the world. APADS was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1994.
 
The membership is duly proud of its success in helping more Pan-African students obtain the doctoral degree.

APADS, Inc. is a support organization that fosters and provides mentoring support for Pan African students and scholars. We are concerned both with ensuring the academic success of students pursuing a doctoral degree, and supporting the professional development of Pan African scholars in educational, research, and corporate settings.

 

We pursue this endeavor by "mentoring," networking, examining institutional policies and practices, and information exchange.

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The Association of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars, Inc. (APADS) was founded by Drs. Nelle Becker-Slaton, Sandra Cox, and Marion Maddox in 1981.
 
Together they formed a support group to address the issues and challenges of the doctoral process for Pan-African students.
 
Members come from the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, and other parts of the world. APADS was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1994.
 
The membership is duly proud of its success in helping more Pan-African students obtain their doctoral degree.

APADS, Inc. is a support organization that fosters and provides mentoring support for Pan-African students and scholars. We are concerned both with ensuring the academic success of students pursuing a doctoral degree, and supporting the professional development of Pan-African scholars in educational, research, and corporate settings.

 

We pursue this endeavor by "mentoring," networking, examining institutional policies and practices, and information exchange.

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Meet our Executive Board Members

All Executive Board Members were former Associate Members, having experienced and learned from the dissertation journey.  They carry lessons learned from APADS as the structure for all meetings and membership interactions.  They are passionate volunteers and diligent vision-carriers, carefully nurturing and thoughtfully mentoring the next generation of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars. 

Dr-Sherry-Davis

Dr. Sherry D. Davis

President

Dr-Evelyn-Metoyer-Williams

Dr. Evelyn Metoyer-Williams

President Emeritus

J.C.Merritt

Dr. Juanita Coleman-Merritt

Executive Director  

Dr-Mia-McNulty

Dr. Mia A. McNulty

1st Vice President - Program Dev

Dr-Kare-Robinette

Dr. Karen Robinette

2nd Vice President - Membership

Dr-Ellen-Griffin

Dr. Ellen Griffin

Historian

Dr-Candy-Williams

Dr. Candy Williams

Treasurer

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Dr. Katisha Robinson-Smith

Secretary

Dr-Dennis-Johnson

Dr. Dennis Johnson

Director of Digital Content 

Dr-Andrew-Crenshaw

Dr. Andrew Crenshaw

Associate Liaison

President – Dr. Sherry D. Davis

Ed.D. – University of Southern California

M.A. & B.A – CSU-Dominquez Hills

 

President Emeritus – Dr. Evelyn Metoyer-Williams

Early Childhood Education Expert

 

Executive Director – Dr. Juanita Coleman-Merritt

Ed.D. – Pepperdine University

M.A. – Cal State Dominguez Hills

M.S. – Bank Street College of Education

B.A. – Barnard College

 

1st Vice President-Programs - Dr. Mia A. McNulty

2nd Vice President-Membership – Dr. Karen Robinette

Historian – Dr. Ellen Griffin

Ed.D. – University of Southern California

B.A. – Kansas State University

Treasurer – Dr. Candy Williams

Ed.D. – Pepperdine University

M.S. – San Diego State University

B.A. – Cal State Los Angeles

 

Secretary – Dr. Katisha Robinson-Smith

Ph.D. – University of Phoenix

M.B.A. – Cal State Northridge

B.A. – Cal State Northridge

 

Director of Digital Content – Dr. Dennis Johnson

Ed.D. – Cal State Long Beach

M.U.P. – University of Michigan

B.A. – Chicago State University

 

Associate Liaison – Dr. Andrew Crenshaw

Ed.D. – Pepperdine University

 

APADS FOUNDERS

Dr. Marion Maddox, Dr. Nelle Becker-Slaton and Dr. Sandra Cox

Brunch, USC; November 12, 2006

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In 1981, while studying at the Claremont Graduate School, Nelle Becker-Slaton observed that numerous students were dropping out of the doctoral program.  She teamed with two classmates, Marion Maddox and Sandra Cox to form what is now the Association of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars (APADS)

 

Working together, they used the Association to help address the issues and challenges that African American doctoral students faced as they journeyed through the dissertation process.

 

The group held its first meeting at the home of Nelle Becker-Slaton and for more than fifteen years, she led the Association and helped it to grow into an organization that continues to provide ongoing support to doctoral students, doctoral candidates and those who have completed a doctoral program. 

 

In 1994, APADS received its non-profit status and proudly continues to help Pan-African students obtain a doctoral degree.

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