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

Afro House Facebook page

Afro House Instagram page

Affinity Student Organizations

African Student Association (ASA)
Black Campus Ministry (BCM)
Black Student Union (BSU)
Caribbean Student Association (CSA)
Fishers of Men
House of Lorde: a space for Black Queer Individuals
Sista Speak
The Hubbard Group/Scholars

National Panhellenic Council

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Alpha Theta Chapter: Chartered March 11th 1922
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Epsilon Theta Chapter: chartered May 10th, 1969 
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. - Gamma Chapter: Chartered March 7th 1914
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Delta Chapter: Chartered April 4th, 1919
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - Kappa Psi Chapter: Chartered May 5th, 1979
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Pi Kappa Chapter: Chartered December 2nd, 1980 

Faculty/Staff Council 

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