In 1988, a group of IU Bloomington students began to share their vision of a student-based center to promote Asian culture on campus. Their vision inspired many students, faculty, and staff to work to create such a center over the next decade. In October 1998, the IU Asian Culture Center, the first of its kind in the Midwest, was established.
The Asian Culture Center aims to promote awareness and understanding of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultures, history, and issues at Indiana University and in the Bloomington community by providing institutional resources, educational support, and community outreach activities to students, faculty, staff.
The goals of the Asian Culture Center are:
- To inform and promote awareness about issues affecting Asian and Asian American population in the United States and to collaborate with academic and other resource units on campus in sponsoring cultural events, diversity workshops, and other outreach programs.
- To support coalition building and unity among Asian and Asian American students in recognition of their common interests, heritage, and to act as a voice for their concerns.
- To build a more inclusive and welcoming community equally mindful of the diversity of its members and the values that join them together.
- To listen to the needs of students to help them and Indiana University adapt to the changing local and international environment in which learning takes place.
There are more than 50 student organizations for students of Asian backgrounds and related to Asian cultures. The ACC collaborates with many of these groups, and we are happy to connect you with them.
Pan Asia & Pacific
Ascend at Indiana University, Asian American Association, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Lambda Alpha Phi, Lotus, Pan-Asian Informatics and Computing Communiyt
Turkish Student Association at Indiana University
Abdullah Alamri Saturday Cultural Meetup, Arabic Club, Middle Eastern Student Association, Saudi Student Club in Bloomington
East Asia(over 15 related organizations, check ACC website)
Bangladesh Student Association, Hoosher Bhangra, Indian Student Association, Jhanak, Pakistani Student Association, Raas Royalty, Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Filipino American Association at IU, Indonesian Student Association, Malaysian Student Association, Myanmar Student Association, Singapore Student Association, Thai Students Association, Vietnamese Student Association
Bahai Campus Club at IU, Bhakti Yoga Society, Bloomington International Student Ministries, Muslim Student Association
Brothers and Sisters at IU, Kappa Eta Phi Professional Fraternity, Mixed Heritage Student Association, Multicultural Greek Council, The Society for Inter-cultural Understanding