The African American Cultural & Resource Center (AACRC) at the University of Cincinnati is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The vision of the AACRC came about when a group of Black students advocated for a space of their own, a gathering place where they would be able to express themselves culturally. After receiving support from key UC administrators, faculty and staff, and Board of Trustee members, the building opened on September 2, 1991.
Over the course of three decades, the center has become a “home away from home” for Black students who study at UC from across the globe. It has been and continues to be a place of identity, scholarship, cultural exploration, and service to the university and community at large. The AACRC staff also executes many programs that are benchmarked by other institutions, including Kuamka (a pageant for men and women), Akwaaba (Black Student Welcome), the Spring Break Tour, the AACRC Choir, and Tyehimba, one of the countries oldest Afrocentric graduation celebrations. Each year, the AACRC is also home to more than 150 additional events hosted by our campus partners, such as the LGBTQ Center, Women’s Center, and Ethnic Programs and Services.
We are calling upon Black alumni and students, and the community at large, to make a gift to the AACRC for this milestone anniversary. In acknowledgement of its 30th, we are seeking to raise $30,000 through June 30, 2022. Monies raised during this time will be used to strengthen current programs and create new opportunities for student development. We believe that if we all make a contribution, we will reach our goal by our deadline. If you have any questions about the AACRC, you can connect with them by calling 513-556-1177 or visit uc.edu/aacrc. For any questions about the campaign, please email Justin Gibson, UC Alumni Association program director for diversity outreach and engagement, or call 513-556-4312.