Association of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars (APADS) was founded by Drs.
Nelle Becker-Slaton, Sandra Cox and Marion Maddox in 1981. After observing
the high drop-out rate for Pan-African doctoral students, Dr. Slaton shared
her concerns with Drs. Sandra Cox and Maddox, all of whom were enrolled
in doctoral programs at Claremont Graduate University. Together they formed
a support group to address the issues and challenges of the doctoral process
for Pan-African students. Their first meeting was at Dr. Slaton's home.
Between 1981 and 1982, the group grew to include additional members: Dr.
Erango Kelbisow, Mary Birault, Sharon Robinson, Mary Lewis, Hollis Armstrong,
Gertrude Rivers-Robinson, Valarie Baham Wright, Mary Hargrow, Gay Brown,
and Etta Butler. Since its inception, Dr. Slaton has led and nurtured APADS,
so that today, it has approximately fifty members, doctoral candidates and
those who have attained the doctoral degree. 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 the doctoral degree.