November 1-3, 2018
Co-Hosted with Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Registration Opens: June 1, 2018

The Association for Black Culture Centers is committed to your professional development. We offer workshops at our conferences and book recommendations to help you better understand history and culture. We encourage our members and affiliates to build community among ethnic groups through culture centers at colleges and universities. Together, we can explore the historical and contemporary connections African descended people have with Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

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As the only national organization dedicated to African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multiculture centers and related offices, we’re proud to offer an annual conference. It’s a tradition our association started in 1989 at Knox College. The three-day event co-hosted by one of our institutional members brings together faculty, staff and students from across the country to discuss diversity and identity issues on campus. Attendees benefit from a professional development institute, workshops, plenary sessions and networking opportunities. The conference also features sessions focused on students.

In 2015, the ABCC held its 25th anniversary conference in Boston co-hosted by the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and Northeastern University. Keynote speakers included Schomburg Center for Black Culture Center Director Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Northeastern University Law Professor Judge Margaret Burnham, University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley, Third World Press Founder Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Harvard University Law Professor Dr. Lani Guinier and University of Chicago Political Science Professor Dr. Cathy Cohen. A special plenary session featured ACPA Executive Director Dr. Cindi Love, NASPA Senior Director of Educational Programs Tiki Ayiku, NADOHE President Dr. Ben Reese, Jr. and ABCC Founder/Executive Director Dr. Fred Hord.

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We invite you to submit proposals for presentations for the 27th annual Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) national conference. Join us this fall and share your research on current and future iterations of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers. Workshops are 90-minutes and include three different presentations. This means your institutional presentation may be up to 30 minutes (including time for questions and answers.) Please submit abstract proposals (250-300 words) by August 1, 2018.

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  • Legacy of Paul & Eslanda Robeson
  • Resisting the Politics of Survival & Thriving
  • Importance of Symbolism (MLK, Trump)
  • Cultural Centers Maintaining Relevance
  • Centers Fighting the Myth of a Color Blind Society
  • Centers Doing the Culture Work of Namesakes
  • Centers Providing Their Role in Student Retention
  • Center’s Ties to the Community
  • Chief Diversity Officers Relationships with Centers
  • “Me Too”: Raising Up the Black Woman
  • Connecting Centers with Academic Departments
  • Intergeneration Connections & Connections to Ethnic-Specific Groups
  • Pathways to Center Directorship

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The national Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) offers you and your institution professional development opportunities to learn best practices on strengthening African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and multiculture centers. Our best practices focus on developing synergy among centers, while teaching the historical and contemporary connections Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans have with Africana people. Whether you’re a faculty/staff member or student, we invite you to join our organization. You’ll connect with others at our regional conferences who share your passion for building connections among ethnic groups and increasing understanding of their related history and culture.

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The ABCC is an organization that seeks to celebrate, promote and critically examine the cultures (ways of life) of the following ethnic groups: African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American. We aim to institutionalize those Centers, including Multiculture Centers, to enhance individual, community and global development. The ABCC expects that increased understanding of history and culture of each ethnic group will lead to authentic integration on campus and in the community. Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans have an historical and contemporary connection with Africana people, and we begin these relationships by focusing on the connections.


In early 1988, ABCC founder and Executive Director, Dr. Fred Lee Hord, as the first director of the Center for Black Culture and Research at West Virginia University, introduced the idea of a new organization to promote networking among centers and their institutions at an American Council on Education conference in Washington, D.C. Moving to Knox College, he gained administrative acceptance to host an inaugural national conference. That 1989 conference (at Knox College) was followed by biennial and then annual events.


The ABCC consists of a national Board of Directors, state and regional coordinators. As our organization’s elected officers, the Board recruits colleges and universities to join the ABCC as institutional members and helps plan conferences to bring faculty, staff, students and community together. The ABCC 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, these coordinators are vital to growing the ABCC. The ABCC currently has six regions: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest-East, Midwest-West and Northwest. 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.

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Registration Type Super Saver Regular Late Single Day
7/1/18 - 7/31/18 8/1/18 - 9/30/18 10/1/18 - 10/27/18
Pre-Conf. Professional Development Institute $50 $50 $75 ---
Institutional Member $300
$375 $400 $150
Institutional Student Member $150 $200 $300 $125
Nonmember Regular $375 $400 $450 $175
Nonmember Student $225 $250 $275 $150