African-American Cultural Center

Mission

Known as the Afro House, this space provides a supportive and inclusive environment and programs that empower students, faculty, staff, and community members to excel in their endeavors, stretch themselves to experience diversity, engage in activism, make positive choices, and serve their communities.

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Vision

The vision for the Afro House is to be a space for Black students to feel welcomed and at home. It’s a space that they can take ownership of and is a haven for them. The space is filled with events and community building programs like the Being Black at Iowa project, Hair to Heart, and collaborating with Black Student Union for Sunday Dinners. We have partnered with UCS, CDE, and various other student groups to provide resources and programming for our students. BA.R.S., Hubard Group, Sista Speak, & BSU are all Afro House advised groups.

History

Founded in 1968, the Afro-American Cultural Center (Afro House) was founded to establish a space for Black students from different cultural backgrounds at the University of Iowa. In preserving Black culture, the center provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to share their cultural knowledge and educate the entire community. The Afro House provides a supportive and inclusive environment while providing programs that empower students, faculty, staff, and community members to excel in their endeavors, stretch themselves to experience diversity, engage in activism, make positive choices, and serve their communities. 

Amenities

The Center is available for programming and as a venue for University of Iowa student organizations’ events.  It is equipped with: a fully-stocked kitchen, a living and dining room, game and study rooms, a library, wireless internet (HULU, Netflix, Pandora)  computer and printers for our patrons to use, TVs, DVD players, and various board games. Afro House has anything you need to host a program, make a meal, study, or simply relax and socialize with friends!

Reservations

The Afro-American Cultural Center is available to reserve for meetings, events, and study sessions. To reserve space at the Afro-American Cultural Center, please read over the Center Clean-Up and Decorating Policy then click HERE to complete and submit the reservation form. Reservations are available for student organizations, departments, and campus & community organizations.

Professional Staff

Jamal Nelson - Coordinator, Multicultural Programs

Location

303 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, Iowa

Hours

Mon-Thurs: 10am-10pm
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 5pm-10pm

Phone

(319) 335-8296

Email

aacc@uiowa.edu

Facebook 

Facebook Group

Affinity Student Organizations

Black Student Union 

House of Lorde: a space for Black Queer Individuals

Faculty/Staff Council 

African American Council

Upcoming Events

Grant Wood Fellows' Exhibition 2017–18

at 12:00am

The culmination of a year’s work will be on display for one month at the annual Grant Wood Fellows’ Exhibition at C.S.P.S. Hall.

SNPhA Immunization Clinic

at 9:00am to 1:00pm

College of Pharmacy student members of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) will provide immunizations (meningococcal and TDaP vaccines) in collaboration with Mercy Family Pharmacy at high schools in Dubuque.

Brinton's Famous Moving Pictures: The Emergence of Early Film in America

at 9:00am to 6:00pm

University of Iowa Main Library

The Brinton Collection contains films, slides, projectors, papers, and other documents from the life and career of William Franklin Brinton of Washington, IA.

Science Thursdays

at 11:00am to 1:00pm

Medical Education Research Facility

Science Thursdays is a weekly event series featuring science activities, food trucks and live music. It is a community enhancement effort that celebrates scientific discovery and promotes cross-departmental networking.

UI Web Analytics Community meeting

at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

University Capitol Centre

This month we will be hearing from Kirk Corey, director of policy and user services in the Information Security and Policy Office, about the GDPR and its impact on data...

Kappa Psi Shringrix Vaccine Education and Blood Pressure Screeening Event

at 2:30pm to 5:00pm

College of Pharmacy student members of Kappa Psi will provide Shringrix (the Shingles vaccine) education and blood pressure screening to the public at the Walgreens on 16th Avenue in Cedar Rapids.

Friday Night Concert Series

at 6:30pm

The 2018 concerts will be held just off the North end of the Pentacrest on Iowa Avenue in between Clinton Street and Dubuque Street from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Science Cafe

at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Topic: Respiratory Risks in the Environment

Iowa Flute Intensive Recital

at 7:00pm

Voxman Music Building

PROGRAM

Iowa Flute Intensive Recital

at 7:00pm

Voxman Music Building

Michel Bellavance, flute Rena Urso, flute Tim Carey, piano