The Florida African American Student Association, Inc. is dedicated to the academic and personal development of students of African descent through the implementation of its PACE Plan.
The organization serves as a network to develop programs that promote effective communication, unity, respect for African culture, and excellence in all endeavors.


POLITICAL ACTION

In the post we as students have failed to take advantage of the political process to bring about the necessary changes in our academic and community lives. Such changes will not occur unless we as African American students unite our voices to select those persons who will best represent us. Remember, there are more than 40,000 African American students and 1,342,478 total African American residents in Florida. We have a unique opportunity; we can take the lead and begin to make positive changes that will benefit us. The question is will we take the lead?


ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Article II of the FAASA character reads: We will expose the essential factors of education as a necessity for the development of a more secure African American society as a means to secure a basic foundation for the transition from dependency to independence. Therefore, the academic unit will be responsible for the gathering of all relevant information on EEO/EEA programs and determining the program’s effectiveness in recruiting and retaining minority students. A report on the programs should be made to the appropriate authority. This unit will also monitor minority student matriculation in secondary schools.


CULTURAL AWARENESS

The FAASA charter reads:

We will expose the business aspects of the African American Community as a means of intensifying the economical structure of our communities we will expose the need for African Americans to develop a more intense power base in the development of an African American Society. To this end, the community affairs unit shall serve as a direct link to our communities and organizations. We are supposed to be the cream of the crop in our respective communities. Thus, we have the responsibility of enhancing our communities. Our communities are in need of the expertise that each of us has.

Therefore, through such programs, we shall conduct seminars and promote community projects that will better acquaint the African American community with African American student organizations. These programs should also include specific programs aimed at recruiting African American students for post secondary education (either technical, vocational, or higher education). Also, these programs should make parents aware of what higher education is about in terms of academics, EEO, financial aid, and student life. For the secondary school student, the seminars should be aimed at exposing the wide variety of available educational opportunities and necessary secondary education needed to take advantage of these opportunities. These students should also be made aware of the pit falls for African American students at the secondary and collegiate level. The primary level should also be made aware of the wide variety of opportunities available through education and exposed to those opportunities.


ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The unit will be responsible for obtaining the necessary revenues to implement regional programs. Each region should open an account; for example, NW region FAASA account. All expenditures must be approved by regional board, and monthly statements must be sent from the bank to the state office. This will be essential in order to maintain accurate records. Also, the economic units shall maintain a direct link to minority business


CONCLUSION

The program presented herein is to be used as a general guideline. Each region will be responsible for developing detailed and comprehensive plans prior to the state convention. Regions should be creative and realistic in designing programs to benefit their region. Also, regions have the basic responsibilities of the following:

1. Establishing and maintaining constant an instant communications with each organization

2. Maintaining constant contact with the Executive Office

3. Providing quarterly seminars within the regions