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About the Director

My name is Hana Dinku and I am honored to serve as the Director of the Pan-Afrikan Center. I was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia and lived there until I was 8 years old when my family migrated to the United States. I have spent the majority of my life in Minnesota but consider both Minneapolis and Addis Abeba my home. In addition to providing direct services to my students, my purpose and mission are to build strong communities and empower the Black community through liberatory education. I work with a local grassroots organization Solidarity Twin Cities to help organize the monthly Nu Skool of African American Thought classes and work to support the rich literary culture and tradition of the African community in Minnesota through my work with In Black Ink, a regenerative publishing enterprise. My educational background, professional employment, and leadership experiences have all focused around education and empowerment of Pan-Afrikan communities and other marginalized communities. Most recently I worked with the organization Semester At Sea where I was able to sail around the world for 4 months exploring concepts of identity, equity, and inclusion in the global context. Stop by my office in Oyate Commons and say hello!



Phone: (612) 330 -1022

Office Location: Oyate’ Commons (2C Suite), Christensen Center