Here you'll find answers to frequently asked questions about the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC).
The ABCC stands for the Association for Black Culture Centers. We're not a culture center. We're the only national organization for Black, Latino, Asian American, Native American and multiculture centers.
Your college, university, organization or business can join the ABCC as an institutional member. As a college or university institutional member, your center receives our 14 membership benefits. You can also join yourself as a professional or student member.
As an institutional member, you'll receive 14 benefits including professional development opportunities at our conference, discounts on conference registration, books and DVDs. Plus, through our conferences and webinars, you'll have the opportunity to network with national student activity, academic and professional development organizations. Professional members also receive professional development opportunities and students receive student leadership development opportunities.
You can share your talents and build your professional network by applying to be a state coordinator or board member. State coordinators network by email, phone or in-person visits with culture centers and related offices in their states, keep a list of who they contact and attend the state coordinator meeting at the ABCC conference. Board members serve on ABCC committees to promote and develop association initiatives. Board members are required to attend the spring board meeting and fall board meeting at the conference.
The ABCC state coordinator in your state serves as your primary contact for all things ABCC. From networking with your center to keeping a list of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers in your state, state coordinators are vital to growing the ABCC.
Regional CoordinatorsThe ABCC currently has five regions: Northeast, South, Midwest (East), Midwest (West) and Western. Regional coordinators reach out to state coordinators in their region, maintain a list of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American centers in their region and serve as a repository of ABCC information for state coordinators.
We're building connections by encouraging synergy among ethnic specific centers. For instance, NASPA hosted a webinar with us called "Effective Synergy Among Culture Centers." We're also compiling a directory of Afro-Latino, Afro-Asian and Afro-Native American books and articles. We hope this directory will help you select books for your center's library, staff professional development or course syllabi. Plus, our most recent conference co-hosted by Louisiana State University, featured keynote speeches from Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (PALARA) Managing Editor and College of Charleston Professor, Dr. Antonio Tillis, and Amherst College Assistant Professor, Dr. Mary Hicks. Hicks' research examines the maritime dimensions of the African Diaspora, with a focus on eighteenth and early nineteenth century Colonial Brazil.
If you're interested in co-hosting an ABCC conference, please contact ABCC Executive Director/Founder and Conference Committee Chair, Dr. Fred Hord. After discussing your interest with Dr. Hord, you'll be asked to submit a formal bid for the conference.