African American studies encourages students to use facilities of the Afro-American Cultural Center. The center serves as a museum and library of educational and cultural artifacts and exhibits of African American culture, providing cultural enrichment for the Iowa City community and promoting diversity among all members of the University community. It also provides a cultural meeting place for African American students.
African American Studies Student Association
The African American Studies Student Association aims to promote knowledge about people of African descent by sponsoring programs on various topics. Any University of Iowa student interested in African American studies is eligible to become a member .
BSU hopes to facilitate interchange amongst our community members and promote a reciprocal interest in the rich and diverse culture of the African and African-American Community at the University of Iowa.
Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising
African American studies sponsors several intellectual and social gatherings for graduate students across disciplines. During these events, students connect with others interested in African American studies and receive advice about becoming faculty members and being productive members of the academic profession.
The purpose of BGAPS is to create an academic and social environment conducive for successful completion of Graduate and Professional programs at the University of Iowa. Our goals include: playing a supportive role in helping to increase minority enrollment and retention in Graduate and Professional programs, and developing academic and social activities that will enhance Black Graduate and Professional students’ quality of life while in Iowa. AAS works closely with the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPS).
Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising: African American Studies sponsors several intellectual and social gatherings for graduate students across disciplines. During these events, students connect with others interested in African American studies and receive advice about becoming faculty members and being productive members of the academic profession.
The Midwest Institute of African American Culture serves as a prominent resource for interdisciplinary research on the University of Iowa Campus to educate, engage and empower. The Institute will involve a variety of efforts to connect research with practical application and public advocacy. It will bring diverse perspectives together through a number of avenues such as discussion groups, conferences, seminars, a newsletter, media oriented projects or other opportunities.