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 (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!

Professional Staff

Portrait of Shalisa Gladney

Shalisa Gladney

Coordinator, Afro-American Cultural Center

Location

303 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, Iowa

Hours

Beginning Wednesday, August 23, 2021, the Afro-American Cultural Center will operate with the following hours:

Monday-Thursday, 12:00-8:00pm

Phone
(319) 335-8296

Email
aacc@uiowa.edu

Afro House Facebook page
Afro House Instagram page

Faculty/Staff Council 

African American Council

Afro Voices Documentary: Home Away From Home

Upcoming Events

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Yoga as a Black Care Practice

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Virtual
Join Black Yogis as they walk us through caring for ourselves, our bodies and our minds.
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Black Student Support Group

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:00pm
Virtual
The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and serve as a space for Black students to process the violence, police brutality, and racism experienced during...
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On the Grounds Documentary

Thursday, February 3, 2022 6:30pm
FilmScene (Chauncey)
More info on this event coming soon.
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Iowa City Better Bridges Institute Supplemental Session #2: Socially Just Customer Service

Thursday, February 10, 2022 8:30am to 12:30pm
University Capitol Centre
REGISTER FOR FREE! The Iowa City (I.C.) Better Bridges Institute is a one-and-a-half-day event designed for business owners and managers to learn more about identity, bias, and strategies.Included are core concepts, strategies, and resources for you to build your knowledge and develop your skills based on the Institute's four area's of focus: Equitable hiring practices and retention efforts Socially just customer service Leading and managing diverse teams Inclusive marketing As a...
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Hawks of Color

Friday, February 11, 2022 11:30am to 1:00pm
Virtual
The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Diversity Councils, and the Graduate College are pleased to announce the Hawks of Color event schedule for Spring 2022. Be sure to register here in advance below to save your spot. Hawks of Color is a place of welcome and community building while celebrating excellence! Formerly Faculty and Staff of Color, Hawks of Color is a re-envisioned community space to support and promote conversations among historically underrepresented, global...
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