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A Message From Darren Eric Pierre

Darren Eric Pierre, Ph.D., is an educator, speaker, and author. From the blissful city of Mebane, North Carolina, Darren is anchored by two quotes: “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can come as we are and not be questioned.” This quote by Dr. Maya Angelou fortifies Darren’s work, scholarship and purpose as an educator within higher education and beyond. Darren holds a B.S. from Wingate University, a M.A. in Higher Education, Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD), and a Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Currently, Dr. Pierre serves as a Lecturer in the Clark School of Engineering and Affiliate Faculty in the College of Education at UMD. Darren has published a book, over 25 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and edited volumes, keynoted numerous conferences, and consulted with universities and corporations across the U.S. -With past leadership and involvement in associations/organizations including: AFA, NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape and ILA. Dr. Pierre’s work has been cited in media outlets including The Huffington Post. Now and beyond, the second quote guiding Darren’s service is the African proverb, “when deeds speak, words are nothing.”
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In Support of ACPA Foundation

Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.

The Mission - The ACPA Foundation exists to support the priorities and activities of ACPA by raising funds and developing resources that help the Association fulfill its mission. 

The Vision - The ACPA Foundation will develop sufficient assets to effectively and sustainably fund ACPA’s efforts to provide excellent professional development opportunities to members, advance knowledge in the field, and support the transformative effect of education in the lives of college students.

In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation invites members and non-members alike to provide philanthropic support for ACPA's vital initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership program.