Welcome to the

African American Council

 

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Mission Statement

The African American Council (AAC) seeks to improve the quality of life for black faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa.  Recognizing the challenges that the campus environment poses, the AAC provides a safe space where black community members can explore their concerns.  The organization uses insights from these explorations to create programming and to lobby for policies.

Through service on committees, engagement with the broader community, and hosting responsive events, AAC members show that they are enthusiastic partners in the University of Iowa’s quest to remain a top-flight educational institution.  We invite you to join us in this worthy enterprise.

 

Diversity Councils' Joint Open Letter to President Harreld and Top Administration

See full text of the Open Letter here

** This open letter is written, delivered, and published jointly by all the Diversity Councils. Our coalition is rooted through collaboration and communal, horizontal leadership. As such, this letter stands on its own: we have no spokespeople for the document and we will not be doing individual interviews with the press. Because of our commitment to open dialogue and transparency, we will post relevant communication from the letter recipients as well as our own replies or follow-ups that we may subsequently write. All inquiries can be directed to Diversity-Councils@uiowa.edu **

Upcoming Events

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Black Student Support Group

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual
Co-facilitated by Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, Afro-American Cultural Center.   The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and…
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New Conversations on African Art

Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00am
Virtual
What's new with African art and research surrounding it today? Find out in a three-part, roundtable series featuring ten scholars working in art history, anthropology, visual art, curation, sociology, and communication. Dr. Cory Gundlach, curator of African arts will moderate three online events anchored by a central question: “With special attention to ritual and style in historical and/or contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, how must we comport ourselves to the [conditions…
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Black Student Support Group

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual
Co-facilitated by Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, Afro-American Cultural Center.   The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and…
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Black Student Support Group

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual
Co-facilitated by Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, Afro-American Cultural Center.   The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and…
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Black Student Support Group

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual
Co-facilitated by Dr. LaNeisha Waller-Boulet, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, Afro-American Cultural Center.   The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and…