Enhancing cultural experiences


Four cultural houses at the University of Iowa offer a “home away from home” to many minority students. Each one is geared to provide cultural education in and outside minority groups, but they can also be used or reserved by UI students or student organizations. Roughly 15 percent of the UI students — more than 4,700 students — are minorities. 

The cultural houses simultaneously provide social justice and leadership opportunities. The cultural houses are open Monday through Thursday (2-10 p.m.), Friday (2-6 p.m.), and Sunday (5-10 p.m.). 

• The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, established in 2003, is located at 223 Lucon Drive. The center aims to provide a space in which minority students can interact and enhance their college experience.

• The Afro American Cultural Center, or Afro House, is located at 303 Melrose Ave. It was established in 1968, with the goal to create a space in which African-American students from different cultural backgrounds could bond and educate others. In 2014, roughly 2.7 percent of the UI student population was African American.

• The Latino Native Cultural Center is located at 208 Melrose Ave. It was established in 1971 by Tony Zavala, Ruth Pushetonequa, and Rusty Barceló as the Chicano and Indian Student Union but was renamed in 1994. Its original location was 115 N. Clinton St., but it was moved in 1973. Latino students are the largest minority on campus, with roughly 1,757 students.

• The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center is located at 125 Grand Ave. Court. The center was opened in 2006 after negotiations between the Executive Board of the UI Gay, Lesbian, Transgender & Allied Union and the UI administration.

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