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Black Cultural Center


The BCC 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. We exist 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.


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Join the Black History Month Planning Committee

Serving on the Black History Month (BHM) Planning Committee, members will be able to: 

 Event Plan & Execute

  • Critically think to strategically develop and enhance skills in order to plan, execute, and facilitate small- and large-scale programming

Collaborate & Network

  • Work collaboratively with campus partners, student organizations, and the greater Madison community to put on history month programming and initiatives

Self-Reflect & Team Build

  • Assess one’s own strengths and areas for growth while building community amongst peers on the planning committee

Problem Solve

  • Find solutions to difficult or complex situations

Identify intersectionalities

  • Within your racial identity and other identity markers (e.g. class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, nationality, disability, etc.)

Develop Leadership

  • Expand one’s own capacity to be effective in leadership roles and processes via communication, decision making, critical/strategic thinking
  • Strengthen leadership, event planning, and organizational skills

Our History

The Center for Afro-American and Race Relations was established within the College of Letters and Science in October 1968. The university closed the Center in 1973 despite student protests.

The Black Cultural Center opened its doors in 2017. The BCC continues the original center’s goal of supporting Black students and celebrating the contributions of Black culture to the Wisconsin Experience.

Explore the History of the Black Cultural Center

UW-Madison Black History Month event archive


Lauren L. Adams

Position title: Black Cultural Center, Program Coordinator

Email: lauren.adams@wisc.edu

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