AAADS takes pride in its affiliated centers of research, creative activity, and student support and the opportunity those resources offer to students in the African American and diasporic context. Whether students choose to take classes, pursue research, or attend performances through one of the centers, they can be sure of a memorable experience that will enhance both their lives and their learning.
African American Arts Institute
Founded in 1974, the African American Arts Institute (AAAI) - comprising the African American Dance Company, the African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Soul Revue - is not only affiliated with AAADS, but also is one of the premier university performing arts programs in the nation.
Black Film Center/Archive
The Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A), is a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans. Included are films that have substantial participation by African Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those that depict some aspect of black experience.
Archives of African American Music & Culture
Established in 1991 in affiliation with the department, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering various musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
A division of the Office of Academic Support and Diversity, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center offers high-quality educational, cultural, and social programs that enhance student development and success. In addition to an auditorium/banquet hall, the center provides space for classes, performances, and exhibits and is home to an extensive library.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) serves as a primary advocate for students of color and works to ensure that their needs are acknowledged, understood, and met. DEMA helps to facilitate the academic life of students of color, to promote an environment for celebrating and sustaining the cultural heritage of various groups, and to develop and encourage programming related to diversity issues.
Commission on Multicultural Understanding
The Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) uses committees made up of students, staff, and faculty to enhance the campus climate through education and increased communication on issues of oppression; to gather information and encourage activities that increase awareness and understanding of racism and other forms of oppression; and to promote greater communication on campus among all persons, regardless of race, age, religion, ability, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.
Hudson & Holland Scholars Programs
The Hudson and Holland Scholars Programs recruit and help retain students with outstanding records of academic achievement, strong leadership experiences, and a commitment to social justice, and includes students from underrepresented minority backgrounds whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased cultural diversity at Indiana University. The programs are designed to promote academic excellence through innovative merit-based scholarships, personalized academic advising and mentoring, leadership and career development seminars, and social/cultural activities.