African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC)

The African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) develops and fosters co-curricular initiatives that promote academic success, leadership training, student development, and social engagement centered around the African, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) experience. Since the center’s inception in 1991, the program’s primary mission has been to serve as a key resource to acclimate ABC students to general campus life and academic culture. In addition, the program provides advocacy and support to ABC students in helping to monitor students’ academic progress and subsequent achievement of their educational goals. AARCC works closely with overall campus outreach efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of students who self-identify within the African diaspora.

AARCC works directly with numerous (student) organizations, which include, but are not limited to, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Black Student Union (BSU), African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT), African Student Union (ASU), Black Men’s Alliance (BMA), Destination Higher Education (DHE), Rainbow Theatre, Rosa Parks African American Theme House (R.PAATH), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), Black And Queer Questioning (BLAQQ), Black Campus Ministries (BCM), and UMOJA.

AARCC works collaboratively with various campus units/departments and in the surrounding community to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity initiatives on the UCSC campus. AARCC is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building in Quarry Plaza, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (831) 459-3207, email, or visit the AARCC website.