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Our Purpose

Established in 2019 at Norfolk State University, the Center for African American Public Policy (CAAmPP), a special group of the College of Liberal Arts and housed within the Department of Political Science, is a think tank, providing unbiased and non-partisan research on public policy issues affecting African Americans and other peoples of color in Virginia and the world.

Our Work

Empower. Educate. Serve.

CAAmPP's mission is to empower minority communities, educate the public and assist lawmakers by providing alternatives on issues involving African Americans in Virginia and beyond.

The Center serves as a clearing house for research initiatives as well as a place to conduct in-depth polling of communities of color and mediate difficult discussions about race and inequity.

Our Staff

Executive Director
Dr. Soji Akomolafe is the Executive Director of the Center for African American Public Policy (CAAmPP) at Norfolk State University and leads CAAmPP's programming, fundraising efforts, and partnerships.  

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Director of Research 
Dr. Tim Goler is the Director of Research for CAAmPP and oversees the various research efforts of faculty resident and visiting scholars

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Office Specialist III
Ms. Jocelyn Boyer is the Office Specialist for CAAmPP and provides administrative and project management assistance.

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Governing Body

Cassandra Newby-Alexander, PhD
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
CAAmPP Chair

Olusoji Akomolafe, PhD
Chair, Political Science
CAAmPP Executive Director 
Professor Chinedu G. Okala
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
CAAmPP Board Member