African-American Resource Center (AARC)

The Navigator 2012-14

The African-American Resource Center (AARC) develops and fosters co-curricular initiatives which promotes scholarship, academic success, educational programming, and student development. The AARCC was established in 1990-91 by UCSC alumna and Founding Director Sister Paula Livers-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 increase the outreach and matriculation of the students served by the AARCC.

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 Sistahs United, Black Men’s Alliance, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Society, Umoja Mentoring Big Brother/Big Sister Program, UCSC Porter Gospel Choir, African-American Award & Recognition Ceremony, Destination Higher Education, Black Graduate Student Network, Queers of Color, E2-Engaging Education, Student Union Assembly, Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Society, University Brothers/Sisters Initiative , MLK, Jr. Convocation, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and the UCSC Black Escargot Alumni Affinity Group.

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 AARCC publication Diaspora Daily is open to submissions from the community. The center is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 459-3207; fax 459-2469; e-mail african@ucsc.edu; or view the AARCC’s web site.

Revised 10/10/12