Advancing Research for Social Justice

The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is the central hub to four ethnic studies centers- American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center. Together, the IAC and the four centers work to increase understanding of the emerging social and cultural realities in America through innovative research, events, fellowships, scholarship, grants, and civic engagement. In 2019, the ​IAC and the centers celebrated their historic 50th anniversary during UCLA's centennial​ year.

  • Innovative research
  • Events that promote awareness, diversity, advocacy and discussion of issues related to race and ethnicity
  • Fellowships and research grant programs
  • Scholarship and academic excellence
  • Civic engagement

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    The Ethnic Studies Centers

    UCLA Asian American Studies Center staff and students

    Asian American Studies Center


    American Indian Studies Center


    Chicano Studies Research Center

    Ralph J. Bunche Center staff pose in front of Haines Hall

    Bunche Center for African American Studies