The AASP is an organization made up of the Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, Committee Heads, or individuals who have the responsibility for organizing or leading the African Studies program at their college or university. Members range from Directors of the large Title VI centers to colleagues who keep the flame of African Studies alive in quite isolated settings.
Members may head stand alone African Studies programs or carry out their Africanist activity within programs that may include African and African-American Studies, Black Studies, Multicultural Studies, or Global Studies. AASP’s primary concern is to reach out and support all Africanists who shoulder campus responsibility for African-related activities. The purpose of AASP is to keep all members informed of major national developments that impact African Studies programs. The AASP accomplishes this communication in several ways. For one, a listserv has been developed to facilitate communication to all African Studies programs. Secondly, AASP meets twice a year, once in conjunction with the annual meeting of the African Studies Association, and secondly, each April for a three-day meeting held at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.