Conference Founder and Co-chairs

Dr. Michael T. Fagin, Founder

Dr. Michael T. Fagin

The Pan African Conference is named in honor of Dr. Michael T. Fagin. Dr. Fagin is an emeritus professor and Pan African leader who has served and been a member of the Minnesota State University Mankato community for over 45 years. Dr. Fagin is a Detroit native who is known for revolutionizing diversity efforts at the University. Dr. Fagin has served the institution in several roles, including professor of African American studies, creator and chair of the ethnic studies program, associate vice president for cultural diversity, and vice president for institutional diversity. Dr. Fagin is also responsible for the creation of the Pan African Student Leadership Conference, which was named in his honor in 2010, over 40 years ago. He has also served on many diversity committees on- and off-campus, and is recognized as one of the pioneers behind the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day celebration in Mankato, Minnesota. He is known by most as a professor, mentor, father, and friend who changed students’ and faculty members’ lives. He has truly impacted the lives of so many at the University and the greater Mankato community.

Kenneth A. Reid, 2021 Co-chair

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Kenneth Reid is the Director of the Center for African American Affairs at Minnesota State University Mankato. Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and, a Master of Arts in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Kenneth has committed himself to enhancing multicultural education efforts, developing student support services, advocating against social injustice, and promoting an inclusive campus environment. His work includes co-organizing the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) ‘We Can Do Better’ campaign in response to the Michael Brown shooting and researching students’ perceptions of ethnic and multicultural centers. Kenneth is passionate about fostering environments within the college community that are open to student development, promote multiculturalism and social justice, and encourage academic success.

Dr. Angela Titi Amayah, 2021 Co-chair

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Dr. Angela Titi Amayah is assistant professor of management. She completed her MBA and PhD in Workforce Education & Development from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Titi Amayah's research focuses primarily on leaders and their roles in readiness for change. Other areas of interest include the experiences of women leaders in various cultures.