The Center

The African American Cultural & Resource Center covers over six thousand square feet of space dedicated to the personal, cultural, and professional development of University of Cincinnati students. Our space exists as a Safe Space for Black students at the university to find community, develop as leaders, and host programs and events that are anchored in the Black experience. The African American Cultural & Resource Center is welcome to all students, staff and faculty no matter their racial identity and prides itself as a place where all can engage, educate themselves, and challenge their various privileged identities.

Our office hosts hundreds of events for a variety of student organizations, university offices, visiting schools, and community partners throughout the year. We invite you to explore the links below and connect with us for an upcoming event!

Student-Centered Spaces

Our Center has two areas that are dedicated specifically for the success, wellness, and occupation of students: The Quiet Study and the AACRC Lounge. Both spaces were acquired thanks to the hard work and dedication of #TheIRATE8 in collaboration with University of Cincinnati administration, the Office of the University Architect, and the AACRC Expansion Committee.

The call to action articulated by our students was met with urgency, sincerity, and included a number of campus partners who lent their expertise and skill to create a space to further encourage academic excellence and a culture of inclusivity among students.

As such, the Quiet Study and the AACRC Lounge are not reservable. 

The Quiet Study

This renovated classroom was added to our Center during the 2017 Kufunua Expansion and serves as a dedicated space for students to study and work collaboratively.

The Quiet Study features:

  • Smart technology and 10' projector screen
  • 12' dry erase board
  • Flexible table seating for 40 
  • Four desktop computers
  • UCIT Print Station (coming soon) 

Student Lounge

The AACRC Student Lounge was also added during the 2017 Kufunua Expansion and serves as a dedicated space for students to relax, meet other students, and build community.

The Student Lounge features:

  • 72" Smart TV with Solstice capability, Youtube, Netflix apps
  • 50 person seating capacity
  • Microwave and utensil stand

Reservable Spaces

As part of our commitment to the university and the Cincinnati community our Center offers three areas that are reservable to campus and community partners. If you are interested in hosting an event at the African American Cultural & Resource Center please review the information below and fill out our Reservation Form with the details of your event. 

Main Lounge

The AACRC Main Lounge is the primary programming space in our Center and serves as the formal event space for student groups and offices that reserve the lounge.

The Main Lounge features:

  • VGA laptop protection with 10' screen
  • Surround sound audio
  • 4 channel wired microphone capability
  • Eight 6 foot round tables
  • 125 person room capacity
  • Multipurpose room with flexible setup 

The Christine D. Beavers Conference Room

The Conference Room is an excellent place to host a meeting or complete group work.

The Conference Room features:

  • Roundtable seating for eight plus ten additional desks
  • Smartboard technology
  • Conference call capability
  • 40 inch television with HDMI inputs  

The Harambee Room

Harambee, a Swahili term that means "to pull together", embodies the very function of this multipurpose space which was added to the AACRC during the 2013 renovation.

The Harambee Room features:

  • 898 square feet of transformable space
  • 50 person room capacity
  • VGA laptop protection with 10' screen
  • Two 48" televisions
  • A plethora of UC Black history highlighted by the Trailblazer Wall