Hotep (I come in Peace)!
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the Florida African American Student Association, Incorporated (FAASA). The Board of Directors and I are so grateful for your interest in our student led organization.
FAASA, the only known organization of its kind, serves as the official voice of the more than 200,000 students of African descent enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the State of Florida. Our standard membership is comprised of chapters of Black Student Unions/African Student Unions at post-secondary institutions. In addition, Associate and Alumni membership options are available to supporters who qualify. Our primary objective is to promote the academic and leadership skills of our members through the implementation of our PACE Plan which cultivates Political Activism; Academic Excellence; Cultural Awareness, and Economic Empowerment.
This year I challenge us to dig deeper into our roots. The Sankofa bird serves as a symbol that reminds us that we must continue to move forward as we remember our past, and, at the same time we plant seeds for future generations. This is a principle we value and follow in FAASA. We acknowledge that success is a journey, and, not a destination, that, the doing is often more important than the outcome. That is why we strive to build, inspire and uplift the leaders of tomorrow today. We very much value our African heritage and this year I trust we will take it to the next level. It is important that we define our culture in order to be able to celebrate it. In celebrating our culture, we will develop an identity. When we get know and love ourselves we will discover our purpose in this limitless world.
I look forward to seeing you at our Fall Leadership Institute, Spring state Convention and Political Summit in Capitol Hill. We have developed a moving, challenging, engaging, current and transforming workshop that will truly draw the best qualities out of our student leaders. The conventions will equip us with the courage, confidence and wisdom it takes to be an effective Afri-centric leader in today’s society. We also encourage you to join our pilgrimage Home to The Motherland that we host every summer. Full details and updates concerning our trip to Africa will be posted to this site as they develop.
As you can see, FAASA takes seriously its commitment to identify and address issues of particular concern to today’s college and university students of African descent. We welcome your active membership, participation and support as we advance our mission of building tomorrow’s leaders today.
She’em Hotep (I leave in peace)
Chrissie Banda, President