Welcome to the
African American Council

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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.

UI Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

The University of Iowa is located on the homelands of the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe (Chippewa), Báxoǰe (Iowa), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Omāēqnomenēwak (Menominee), Myaamiaki (Miami), Nutachi (Missouri), Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha), Wahzhazhe (Osage), Jiwere (Otoe), Odawaa (Ottawa), Póⁿka (Ponca), Bodéwadmi/Neshnabé (Potawatomi), Meskwaki/Nemahahaki/Sakiwaki (Sac and Fox), Dakota/Lakota/Nakoda, Sahnish/Nuxbaaga/Nuweta (Three Affiliated Tribes) and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nations. The following tribal nations, Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa), Póⁿka (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska), Meskwaki (Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa), and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) Nations continue to thrive in the State of Iowa and we continue to acknowledge them. As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these tribal nations, and the treaties that were used to remove these tribal nations, and the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution since 1847. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, understanding the historical and current experiences of Native peoples will help inform the work we do; collectively as a university to engage in building relationships through academic scholarship, collaborative partnerships, community service, enrollment and retention efforts acknowledging our past, our present and future Native Nations.
REVISED 03-05-21

Upcoming Events

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2023 Black in Business Series Networking Dinner

Saturday, February 25, 2023 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Kinnick Stadium
The Center for Diversity & Enrichment and the Tippie College of Business present our 7th annual signature event -- the Black in Business Series Networking Dinner!  Come engage with invited professionals, UI faculty, and students interested in business, entrepreneurship, the arts, education, engineering, and nonprofit work who are looking to connect with leaders in those fields. Open to all majors. The Networking Dinner was created to focus on the cultivation of our next leaders, supporting...