Iowa State Cultural Centers


Cultural Centers are spaces where students can find community, build collaborations, engage in scholarly dialogue and organize to challenge systems of oppression. At Iowa State, we offer two cultural centers that students can reserve and utilize, the George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center and the Memorial Union Multicultural Center.

Black Cultural Center (BCC)


The BCC serves as a foundation for African American cultural identity, education and understanding between diverse communities at Iowa State University.  Located at 517 Welch Avenue, the BCC is a great place to explore and debate ideas, hold study groups, plan and host meetings and events, have a dinner, read a book, write a paper, or just relax. Student groups and departments can reserve the BCC through the MSA Office.

Multicultural Center (MCC)


The MCC serves as a gathering space on the Iowa State University campus and is home to three student affinity spaces for Native American/Indigenous students, Latinx students, and Asian American, Pacific Islander,and Desi American students.  Located on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Union, the MCC is also a great place hold study groups or just relax. 


Black Cultural Center Students in 1978Members of Puerto Rico 51 in 1982Minority Business Student Support Group  in 1991 Hispanic American Student Union Members in 1993

Iowa State University's multicultural students have found spaces for growth, learning, connection and fellowship in our cultural centers for decades. Are you interested in learning more?  Learn about Culture and Resource Center History on campus.