George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center


The George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center (BCC) serves as a foundation for African American cultural identity, education and understanding between diverse communities at Iowa State University.  In addition to the variety of programs and resources that the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers, we also manage the Black Cultural Center.  This cultural center, located at 517 Welch Avenue, 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. 


Women studyingBCC from frontPeople talking on porch steps


 Virtual Tour

If you've never been to the George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center, check out this virtual tour to see the space before submitting your reservation.



Reserve the BCC 

To reserve the BCC, complete the online reservation form.   Please review the Building Use Policy prior to submitting your reservation. Reserving the BCC is free for departments and registered student organizations.  After receiving your request, we will send you an email confirmation for your reservation with details about the use and any cost. NOTES: Cancellations of BCC reservations must be made at least 3 business days before an event. A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed for cancellations received less than 3 business days before the event.

Recognized Organizations are limited to no more than two (2) meeting rooms per week with a four (4) hour time limit for routine weekly activities.

Check the BCC's Availability on the Calendar Below.

Dr. George A. Jackson

Dr. George A. Jackson arrived in Ames in 1978 from Oakland University to be the very first director of the newly named Office of Minority Student Affairs (MSA) [now the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs].  He worked significantly increase the number of underrepresented students on campus through intentional recruitment efforts. The structure of having a Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) in each college was also originated by Dr. Jackson.