The Arab American Cultural Center seeks to affirm the diverse needs of the Arab American students; to increase awareness about Arab American cultures and histories; and to build community, solidarity, and safe spaces while promoting social justice, equality, and inclusivity at UIC and the Chicagoland area.

To accomplish our vision and mission we strive to:

  • Assist students and staff gain access to the resources needed for academic and professional success
  • Create an archive of Arab American needs and stories at UIC
  • Build safe and joyous spaces for fostering safety and belonging
  • Affirm the various identities of the Arab region and its diasporas
  • Provide educational resources to the UIC community about Arabs, Muslims, and Arab and Muslim Americans
  • Support the transition and the language barriers facing international students from the Arab region
  • Strengthen communities through Arab and Arab American arts and cultures
  • Build alliances among UIC students, faculty, staff, and community on campus with a focus on social justice, dignity, and respect for all oppressed and marginalized communities.
  • Create strategies for addressing the issues impacting Arab American lives
  • Foster relationships between faculty, students, and Arab American communities

The Arab-American Cultural Center is one of seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) – previously known as the Centers for Diversity – at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) in the Office of Diversity under Academic Affairs. The Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change are autonomous and collaborating units committed to positive social change grounded in the principles of inclusion, access, and equity. The collective purpose of the Centers at UIC is to promote the well-being and cultural awareness about underrepresented and underserved groups in order to expand understanding of the value of cultural diversity and to connect diverse assets to find creative solutions for common challenges. This driving theme draws upon the Centers’ expertise in scholarship and cultural engagement to provide relevant support to our specific populations on campus and opportunities for intercultural engagement among students, faculty, staff, and Chicago communities.

To learn more about the CCUSC, check out their websites:

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