Cultural Centers at Illinois
"In 1969 the African American Cultural Center was created with the two-fold purpose of assisting the University in providing a safe and welcoming environment for African American students and a resource to the campus at-large regarding African American contributions and issues."
This quote from the homepage of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center helps layout the purpose of the Cultural Center. After initially being criticized for being ineffective (top), the African American House began to be known as a true cultural center. The success of the student unity that this institution brought (center) helped to spark the creation of other Cultural Centers. La Casa followed in 1974, the Asian American Cultural Center (bottom) was founded in 2005 and the Native American House followed shortly afterwards.