Welcome to UW Madison's Black Cultural Center

Black Cultural Center



Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serves Black students (including African-American, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and African Diaspora) by facilitating opportunities for academic and social support, co-curricular programming, and community building.

The BCC welcomes all students and centers the voices, experiences, and dynamic lives of Black undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Black Cultural Center exists to acknowledge the specific and particular realities of Black communities at UW-Madison, while also connecting communities to the larger Wisconsin Experience and fostering a sense of belonging.

Black Cultural Center History

Black Cultural Center Advisory Board

The advisory board is a collective that provides advice and support for the longevity of the BCC and its’ constituents. The advisory board shall hear concerns, provide input on the mission, strategic planning, programmatic efforts, and overall trajectory of the BCC.

General responsibilities of board members:

  • Serve as ambassadors of the BCC to stakeholders across and beyond the UW community
  • Offer feedback on the general management of the BCC
  • Provide strategic advice on successfully meeting the needs of Black and African-American communities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Inaugural Black Cultural Center Advisory Board convened on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12pm. Students serve one year terms on the board, and faculty and staff serve two year terms.

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Current Board Members

Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Egal Warsame              Walter Parrish
Nia Scott                        Alesia Alexander
Marquise Mays             Michael Davis
Kynala Phillips             Jacqueline Forbes
Eneale Pickett               Kevin Hicks
Lillian Childress
Jelani Rivera

Staff  & Faculty 
Gabe Javier                     Gloria Ladson-Billings, PhD
Karla Foster                     Thulani Davis, PhD
Christopher Barnes         Chris Walker, MFA


The Black Voice

“With THE BLACK VOICE, this new endeavor, let us all become determined to progress, let us all refuse to stagnate, and let us all refuse to retrogress. This is a long awaited beginning.”

Named 2016’s Digital Collegiate Special Project of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, The Black Voice is an online, safe space for the African diasporic students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliated communities.


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