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About the Association of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars, Inc.

OUR STORY

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 degrees.

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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APADS 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 are a multifaceted non-profit organization interested in developing our community through the successes of our Members.
 

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OUR FOUNDERS

Dr. Marion Maddox, Dr. Nelle Becker-Slaton,
and Dr. Sandra Cox Brunch 
USC; November 12, 2006

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