The African-American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) develops and fosters cocurricular initiatives that promote academic success, leadership training, and student development. The AARCC was established in 1990-91 by UCSC alumna and Founding Director Sister Paula L. Powell, ’89. The AARCC’s primary mission has been to serve as a key resource to acclimate students to general campus life and academic culture. In addition, the program provides advocacy and support in helping promote student development, academic progress, and achievement of students’ educational goals. AARCC works closely with a variety of campus units to enhance the recruitment and matriculation of the Center’s populations.

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 459-3207; fax 459-2469; or e-mail