About the AARCC


The AARCC is located on the third floor of the Baytree
Building within the Ethnic Resource Center


History of the AARCC 

The African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) was established in 1990-91 by UCSC alumna and Founding Director Sister Paula L. Powell, ’89. Since our founding as the first ethnic resource center at UCSC, we have striven to create and foster an environment in which students of African/Black descent excel personally, professionally, and academically through our commitment to celebrating our culture and providing multifaceted support and resources to students.

The AARCC provides a wide range of support, resources, and programs for students from the African diaspora at UCSC. We encourage and facilitate student involvement and success in campus life, student organizations, academic excellence, and community engagement. The center provides leadership training, conflict resolution, advisement, and advocacy for the diasporic community on campus.

The AARCC welcomes volunteers, mentors, and student interns to participate in the center’s educational and cultural initiatives. The AARCC works closely with various student organizations in order to establish viable support networks — both academic and social — for our students. Organizations currently affiliated, supported, or established by the AARCC include African/Black Student Alliance, (A/BSA), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), African-American Theater Arts Troupe, UCSC Rainbow Theater, African/Black Voice, Black Sisterhood United, Black Men’s Alliance, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Umoja Mentoring Program — Big Brother/Big Sister, UCSC Gospel Choir, African-American Recognition Ceremony, Destination Higher Education, Black Graduate Student Network, Queers of Color, E2-Engaging Education, Student Union Assembly, Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Society, African-American Studies Institute, and the NAACP.

The AARCC works collaboratively with others on campus and in the surrounding community to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity initiatives on the UCSC campus. The center is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 459-3561; fax 459-2469; or e-mail aarcc@ucsc.edu 


The mission of the African American Resource and Cultural Center is to provide support for the students in the African/Black community at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The history of the Center is steeped in UCSC tradition; we were the first ethnic resource center on campus after determined and dedicated students of color formed a circle around Hahn Student Services in peaceful protest and demanded that the administration recognize their need for support.

As we progress, we maintain the same sense of determination and dedication that built the African American Resource and Cultural over two decades ago. As an underrepresented minority in the University of California system, we believe it is more imperative than ever to commit to the encouragement and enrichment of students in our community.