Who is AARCC?

The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC, pronounced “ark”) is one of the seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change and officially opened in spring of 2005 as a result of student efforts to ensure that UIC supports the needs of Asian Americans.  Located in Room 101 of Taft Hall (826 South Halsted Street), AARCC offers a modest yet lively space where students, staff, and faculty can use computers, take a break and engage with others, study with student peers, borrow from our lending library, and seek advice, guidance, and resources.

AARCC staff and their work are informed by theories of critical race, student development, community engagement, and leadership development. As of fall 2020, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up 21% of undergraduates, 18% of the total student body, and 14% (fall 2019) of faculty and staff at UIC. AARCC is dedicated to educating the general campus about this diverse community.

AARCC’s Mission

AARCC promotes the intellectual and personal growth of UIC students, staff, and faculty; advocates for greater access, equity, and inclusion of Asian Americans; and educates the UIC community about Asian Americans.

AARCC’s Vision

AARCC will be a national leader in promoting the greatest academic and personal success of Asian Americans in higher education.

AARCC’s Values

  • Community: Foster a safe climate that provides a sense of belonging and enhances relationships of individuals.
  • Empowerment: Support individuals in reaching their greatest potential.
  • Engagement: Actively encourage the community to have meaningful participation in programs, events, and organizations.
  • Respect: Acknowledge and honor the diverse values and identities of individuals and communities.

General Services

  • Individual Consultation – personal support and guidance on a variety of Asian American issues including academic, cultural, and professional concerns.
  • Advising for Organizations – support and consultation for campus Asian American organizations on matters related to event coordination, organizational issues, and leadership development.
  • Consultation – consultation for UIC administrators, faculty, and staff, campus offices and academic departments regarding policies, practices, programs, and activities that serve Asian Americans.
  • Presentations – workshops, trainings, and presentations for classes, organizations, and other offices to provide education for and about Asian Americans.

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

Some of AARCC’s programs and services have been enhanced by the UIC AANAPISI Initiative.