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. 

Support the African-American Cultural Center

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
A group photo of the Afro House student staff

Student Staff

Learn more about the student staff currently working at the Afro House!

Location

303 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, Iowa

Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: Noon - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Note: We will close during University holidays and academic breaks.

Contact the Afro House

Phone: 319-335-8296

Email: aacc@uiowa.edu

Social media

Afro House Facebook page
Afro House Instagram page

Faculty/Staff Council 

African American Council

Afro Voices Documentary: Home Away From Home

Upcoming Events

SHPEP Iowa 2023 Virtual Info Session, 12/6 promotional image

SHPEP Iowa 2023 Virtual Info Session, 12/6

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Virtual
Are you a first-year or second-year undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health? The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE program to help you achieve your dreams! SHPEP is a FREE six-week enrichment program that runs from June 11-July 22, 2023. It will be held in-person on the University of Iowa campus, but students are accepted nationwide and community college students are also encouraged to apply. REGISTER...
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Hawks of Color Social Save the Date

Friday, December 9, 2022 4:00pm to 6:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Save this date for the next Hawks of Color event produced by the Division of DEI.  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. Gather with faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at our December in-person social event. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Our December event will be an in-person social at 2750 University Capitol Centre Iowa City...
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SHPEP Iowa 2023 Virtual Info Session, 1/23

Monday, January 23, 2023 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Virtual
Are you a first-year or second-year undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health? The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE program to help you achieve your dreams! SHPEP is a FREE six-week enrichment program that runs from June 11-July 22, 2023. It will be held in-person on the University of Iowa campus, but students are accepted nationwide and community college students are also encouraged to apply. REGISTER...
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2023 Black in Business Series Networking Dinner

Saturday, February 25, 2023 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Kinnick Stadium
The Center for Diversity & Enrichment and the Tippie College of Business present our 7th annual signature event -- the Black in Business Series Networking Dinner!  Come engage with invited professionals, UI faculty, and students interested in business, entrepreneurship, the arts, education, engineering, and nonprofit work who are looking to connect with leaders in those fields. Open to all majors. The Networking Dinner was created to focus on the cultivation of our next leaders, supporting...
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