The H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2018. Please enjoy these photos from our archives!
The African American Cultural Center (AACC) was established in 1968 to support African Americans in all aspects of campus life. The AACC serves as a liaison to academic support departments and assists students in navigating the many resources of the University community such as residential life, the dean of student’s office, financial aid, and other student affairs departments.
The AACC is committed to promoting cultural preservation, leadership development, academic excellence, and intercultural communication through programs and activities that are designed to give students an appreciation and an understanding of the heritage and cultural experiences of African Americans and people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world. In the early years of the development of the AACC, the goal of the Center was to support African American students in their efforts to have a rewarding and relevant University experience. The Center was a welcoming environment for the small number of African Americans on the Storrs campus. The AACC became a gathering place for African American students, faculty, and staff to socialize, study, and network with other University students.
The goals of the AACC have been modified over the years to reflect the changing needs of generations of African American students who have matriculated here. The current goals are directly linked to the academic mission of the University of Connecticut as outlined in the University Strategic Plan and are achieved through programs and services that are dedicated to the development of an effective skill set for succeeding in a global society.
The AACC is recognized campus wide and throughout the United States as a University center that promotes an understanding and appreciation of the culture, history, and traditions of people of African descent.
The AACC is a member of the Association of Black Culture Centers. The ABCC office is located on the campus of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. The Association represents 174 African American and Multicultural Centers across United States.