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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

Discover Study Abroad

Discover Study Abroad

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 12:30pm

Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!   Discover Study Abroad sessions are the first step for interested students to learn more about the study abroad process and ask any questions they may have, covering topics such as study abroad locations, eligibility, deadlines, academics, and…

Summer 2020 Social Justice Reading Group

Friday, July 17, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Friday, July 17th, is a meeting for the Summer Social Justice reading group! This is a come as you can event, so you needn’t have been to the other ones this summer in order to attend! Please come having read the following from Audre Lorde’s book, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, which is available free through UI Libraries: Friday, July 17th, 1pm-2pm (pgs 53-109) “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” (53-59) “Sexism: An American Disease in Black Face” (60-65) “An Open…

Discover Study Abroad

Discover Study Abroad

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:30pm

Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!   Discover Study Abroad sessions are the first step for interested students to learn more about the study abroad process and ask any questions they may have, covering topics such as study abroad locations, eligibility, deadlines, academics, and…

Healing Spaces

Healing Spaces

Friday, July 24, 2020, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Ruth Kahssai, Director of Justice and Equity, USG, and Dr. Maria Bruno, Executive Director of Belonging and Inclusion, DSL, have created space for students, faculty, and staff who identify within the African Diaspora. Our aim is to create space for open and brave conversation, to listen and share in the community as we process national events, and provide a platform to hold each other up.

Summer 2020 Social Justice Reading Group

Friday, July 24, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Friday, July 24th, is a meeting for the Summer Social Justice reading group! This is a come as you can event, so you needn’t have been to the other ones this summer in order to attend! Please come having read the following from Audre Lorde’s book, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, which is available free through UI Libraries Friday, July 24th, 1pm-2pm (pgs 110-144) “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (110-113) “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining…