Black Cultural Center



The Black Cultural Center (BCC) serves as a foundation for African American cultural identity, education and understanding between diverse communities at Iowa State University.

The BCC is a "home away from home" for African American students and a place of hospitality for all members of the Ames and ISU community.

517 Welch Avenue Ames Iowa 50014

"Make the BCC Your Home Away from Home"
Our "home away from home" policy is our commitment to meet the needs of every guest.
The Black Cultural Center is located at 517 Welch Avenue in Ames Iowa. It is a 7-minute walk from the ISU campus. A bridge between the ISU and Ames Communities, the Black Cultural Center is open to the public Mondays through Fridays and free for use to all community members.

Reserve the BCC online!

To reserve the BCC, please review the Building Use Policy and complete the online reservation form here

After receiving your request, we will send you an email confirmation for your reservation with details about the use and any cost. If you have questions please contact the MSA office.

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BCC Amenities:

Main Level
*Quaint & cozy living space and reception area (seats 8-10)
*Contemporary breathable family dining room (seats 6)
*Full-service sun-lit kitchen with exit to main deck (standing room)

Second Level
*Jack Trice Memorial Browsing Library (seats 10-12)
*Student Rec & Game Room (seats 6-8)

Upper Level
*Conversation Lounge (seats 6-8)

Guest Restrooms
*2 spacious 3/4 restrooms (one on main level and one on second level)

*Open yard for family fun and cook-outs (small grill available)
*3-level wheelchair accessible deck (west side)
*Backstreet parking and bike rack available (back entrance/exit to Center)


Contact Us!

Contact us at or the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 515-294-6338.