The mission of the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is to advance our understanding of the new social and cultural realities in America. The unparalleled population shifts that have occurred in recent decades have transformed our sociocultural landscape, expanding both intra-group diversity as well as opportunities for intersectional exchanges. Drawing on ethnic and American studies that serve as its intellectual core, the IAC is devoted to the study of this emerging America, with an emphasis on academic excellence, civic engagement, and diversity.
The IAC serves as the administrative hub for UCLA’s four ethnic studies centers: the Asian American Studies Center, the American Indian Studies Center, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center. It initiates campus-wide programs and collaborations that support a wide range of disciplinary approaches to the study of ethnic and American cultures at UCLA. Explore our website to learn more about the ethnic studies centers and the IAC's fellowships and research grant programs, as well as to keep-to-date on our upcoming events and discover more about the research and scholarship the IAC fosters and supports.