Director Message


To the UIC Community:

On behalf of the AARCC Team, I welcome you to Fall 2020! While AARCC will be virtual this semester, we are still available to deliver our programs, initiatives, events, and services on online platforms. Here are some ways to remain engaged:

Visit Virtual AARCC

Students, staff, and faculty looking to engage and be with UIC Asian American community can visit Virtual AARCC where folks can drop in and say hello, interact with AARCC staff and others, learn more about our center, and be with community between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Please note that staff availability may be limited during these hours, but we will address your inquiries or assist you as soon as possible.

UIC students, staff, and faculty must use their UIC credentials to join. (Alumni and other visitors must request access by emailing To create a more inclusive and safe space, all guests must abide by AARCC Community Standards, UIC student behavior policies, and UIC campus policies. No inappropriate behavior will be tolerated. By entering Virtual AARCC, guests accept these expectations and consent to necessary recordings by AARCC staff for documentation.

Attend Cultural Programs and Events

Throughout the semester, AARCC will host a number of cultural programs and events that explore identities and intersectionality, primarily through an Asian American lens. To stay up-to-date, be sure to “like” the AARCC Facebook Page or subscribe to AARCC News. You can also follow us on Instagram - @uicaarcc, Snapchat - @uicaarcc, and YouTube –

Take a Course in Global Asian Studies

UIC Global Asian Studies (GLAS) offers a number of courses open to UIC students, including this semester’s GLAS 105: Asian American Identities, Cultures & Communities, which is open to first-year students and in-coming transfer students. Anchored by a social justice framework, GLAS is composed of a vibrant community of award-winning scholars, beloved teachers and mentors, and fearless leaders and activists who seek to advance a critical understanding of contemporary issues through the interdisciplinary study of Asia and transnational Asian diasporas.

Learn More about Culture and Social Change

UIC’s diverse campus includes the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, proud center-siblings of AARCC and with whom we collaborate extensively. Visit each center’s website to learn about them and what they have to offer. Also, the CCUSCs offer several opportunities for instructors and their students enrolled in UIC’s First-Year Seminars to engage.

As you can see, AARCC is here, even virtually. With safety and wellness as priorities for us in these challenging times, AARCC continues to be a resource to students, staff, faculty, alumni, Chicago community organizations, and the overall UIC campus. I invite you engage with us this semester from the comfort of your home, and I wish you a safe and healthy new semester.

With regards,

Mark R. Martell, PhD