About the ACC

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.

Asian Americans have been the fastest growing population group in the U.S. since 2000.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as reported by NBC News.