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Academic Culture Centers

NIU houses four academic culture centers on campus. These culture centers provide programs, events and support while stimulating the students’ professional, cultural and social interests.

These centers are sometimes a “home away from home” for students seeking ways to connect with students who share their culture. Here, they can celebrate traditions, speak their native language and meet like-minded students and faculty in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Center for Black Studies

The Center for Black Studies stimulates professional culture and social interests through interdisciplinary academic programs, academic and professional resources, and social gatherings and events that celebrate African and African American life and history. 

Center for Burma Studies

The Center for Burma Studies celebrates the culture of Burma through regular exhibitions and events. The center curates over 10,000 items from Burma, including pieces of art and maps which can be viewed, as well as music and books that are available to check out through interlibrary loan. The NIU center is supported by the Burma Studies Foundation to be the National Center for Burma Studies. 

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies celebrates Latin culture, development, resources, history and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Latino/a peoples around the globe.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies combines celebrates the cultures of the eleven countries that make up Southeast Asia. Students share and enhance their culture while learning and speaking these languages, and learn about the history and religions of Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality

The Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality offers eight programs that promote global awareness through the study of women, gender and sexuality with opportunities for community engagement and service learning. These programs include both undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, minors in LGBT or Women & Gender Studies, and a major in Women’s, Gender &/or Sexuality studies. 


Additionally we are the home of the national headquarters for the Association for Black Culture Centers.

Association for Black Culture Centers

The ABCC seeks to celebrate, promote and critically examine the cultures of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American cultures. NIU is the national headquarters for the ABCC and is the only national organization for multiculture centers and related offices on college and university campuses.