AARCC Mission and Vision


AARCC’s Mission

AARCC promotes academic and personal growth of students, advocates for access and equity, and educates UIC about Asian Americans.


AARCC’s Vision

AARCC strives to be leaders in higher education where UIC Asian American students are able to reach their greatest academic and professional success and personal potential.


AARCC’s goals are to:

  • Provide education and resources for and about Asian Americans
  • Increase awareness of diverse Asian American issues, cultures, and communities
  • Strengthen the Asian American campus community
  • Promote the growth of Asian American Studies through curricular and co-curricular partnerships
  • Guide Asian American students in reaching their academic, personal, and professional potential




The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC, pronounced "ark") is one of the six Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change and officially opened in spring of 2005 as a result of student efforts to ensure that UIC support the needs of Asian Americans.  As of fall 2014, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up 23% of undergraduates, 19% of the total student body, and 14% of faculty and staff at UIC.  AARCC is also dedicated to educating the general campus about this diverse community.

AARCC offers social, cultural, and educational programs that promote knowledge of and foster engagement with issues relating to Asian Americans and Asian American studies. Our co-curricular programs enhance the UIC experience and provide opportunities for integrated learning and development. We collaborate and consult with other campus units to ensure that the needs of Asian American students are met. In line with the Great Cities Commitment, AARCC cultivates connections between UIC and Chicago's Asian American communities, serving as a resource for the campus to engage with off-campus Asian American organizations.


AARCC's professional and student staff aims to support students by providing resources and organizing year-round programs. Additionally, at least one of our professional staff is an active member of the UIC Undocumented Task Force. This group from across many units of campus looks at the needs of undocumented students by being student centered.

Lastly, all of our professional staff have gone through at least Safe Zone 101, if not 201 and other workshops. Safe Zone is an ally building workshop for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Safe Zone is organized and facilitated by the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center.

AARCC is open to all members of the UIC campus and the surrounding community who have an interest in issues relevant to Asian Americans.


Asian Americans at UIC

One commonly asked question is “Who does AARCC include in the definition of Asian American?” We define the term Asian American broadly to include (and the listed examples are NOT exhaustive):

  • East Asians (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
  • South Asians (e.g. Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan)
  • Southeast Asians (e.g. Cambodian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Laotian)

Our definition is  flexible, especially because people's identifications are wide-ranging. Also, if Arab Americans or Middle Easterners (e.g. Syrian, Iranian) or Pacific Islanders (e.g. native Hawaiian, Samoan) seek our support, we are committed to supporting and working with them; we recognize our common and overlapping experiences though we also acknowledge that their issues may often be distinct from the groups listed above.

At AARCC, we also recognize that being Asian American encompasses much more than ethnic and racial identity, and includes identifications by national origin, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, class, immigrant status, and more.

We also recognize those who are of mixed race, hapa, and adopted.


Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change

AARCC reports to the newly formed Office of Diversity and also is a part of the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change which includes the African-American Cultural Center, Disability Resource Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Latino Cultural Center, and the Women's Leadership and Resource Center. We all remain autonomous units and are spread throughout East Campus, but have a structure where we can stand in solidarity, advocate, and collaborate together.

University of Illinois' Non-Discrimination Statement

UIC is firmly committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity. To this end, UIC strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran, arrest records, genetic information, citizenship status and/or order of protection status, and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University's Nondiscrimination Policy protects persons from discrimination in all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, selection, promotion, transfer, pay, tenure, discharge, and discipline. It also applies to admissions and access to-/treatment in University programs and activities.

As part of the Office of the Chancellor, the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is the office charged with reviewing and addressing complaints of harassment and/or discrimination.