The African American Student Development program (AASD),
formerly the African American Cultural Center (AACC), is an integral part of the university's commitment to
serving underrepresented and marginalized populations.
AASD's mission is to support, promote, and enhance the academic, social, and personal development of students of African descent and heritage within a welcoming and nurturing environment.
We also work to ensure students’ academic and social success by providing the following services:
Personal, professional and leadership development
Cultural programs that increase awareness and appreciation of African, Afro-Caribbean and African American culture
Diversity and social justice education and training
Advisement of student organizations
For more than 30 years, the African American Cultural Center (AACC) served as an "oasis of cultural wealth" by providing programming and resources that allowed
students, faculty/staff and visitors the opportunity to delve into the rich history, folkways, contributions and issues surrounding African American life.
In 2007, the AACC along with several other diversity related units were clustered to form the Center for Student Diversity (CSD) and the AACC was revamped into the African American Student Development Program (AASD). The primary goal of AASD is to aid in the recruitemnt, retention and development of students of African and African American descent and heritage and to assist the University in creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment across campus.
AASD is housed in the Center for Student Diversity (CSD) located on the third floor of the University Union in Room 313. The CSD is a place of inclusion that prides itself on being a catalyst for interaction and discourse.
To learn more about African American
Student Development, our programming, the student organizations we serve,
or to get involved in our activities, please contact Joan
Maze at 410-704-2051.