ABCC Conference 2015

The 25th Annual Association for Black Cultural Centers Conference

(Includes African American, Latino, Native American and Asian Centers)

Since 1989 the ABCC has offered an annual conference co-hosted by one of our institutional members. This year’s conference theme is “Commemorating A History…Establishing A Legacy.” 2015 marks an important anniversary for many U.S. college culture centers. Our centers have served as support for academic excellence, safe havens, campus resources and hubs for cultural expression at many institutions since their inception. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss relevant issues related to Black, Latino, Asian and Multicultural centers and issues of race.  Northeastern University and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute will co-host the 25th Association for Black Culture Centers’ conference, which will be held Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8, 2015, in historical Boston, Massachusetts.

[Online Registration Coming Soon]

ABCC Call for Papers

The ABCC Annual Conference “Call for Papers”
Submission Deadline August 1, 2015

The Association for Black Culture Centers invites you to submit proposals for presentations at the 25th Annual Association for Black Cultural Centers Conference.  Join us this fall and share your research on current and future iterations of these important Centers.

ABCC Conference Subtopics:

  • Developing a Culture Center Leadership Succession Plan
  • Centers Leveraging Social Media for Student Engagement
  • Politics, Perception, and Performance
  • “Our Importance in Higher Education”
  • Learning from Long-standing Culture Centers
  • Incorporating STEM in Culture Center Programming
  • Successful Models of Alums Strengthening Centers
  • Culture Center’s Roles in Globalization of Higher Education
  • Culture Centers as Liaisons with All Campus Units
  • Embracing Our Changing Identity and Increasing Multiculturalism
  • Culture Centers’ Roles in Navigating Gender and Sexuality Issues
  • Fundraising and the Future of Culture Centers
  • Successful Strategies to Increase Student Retention
  • Co-Curricular Activities Involving Campus and Community
  • Synergy Possibilities of Ethnic Specific Centers

A copy of the “Call for Papers” can be downloaded [Here]

Please submit abstract proposals (250-300 words) electronically by Saturday August 1, 2015 at

ABCC Conference at a Glance

ABCC Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday November 5, 2015
12:00pm –                       Registration
1:00pm –                          Pre-Conference Professional Development Institute
4:00pm –    6:00pm       ABCC Board of Directors Meeting (Room for about 20 People)
4:00pm –   6:00pm       Dinner
6:30pm –   9:00pm        Opening Reception/Keynote Address

Friday November 6, 2015
8:00am –                         Registration
9:00am –   10:00am      Plenary Session
10:00am – 11:30am       Concurrent Session I
11:30am –   1:00pm        Lunch
1:00pm –   2:30pm         Concurrent Session II
2:45pm –   4:15pm          Concurrent Session III
4:30pm –   5:30pm        State Coordinators Meeting
4:30pm –   7:00pm         Dinner
7:00pm – 10:00pm         Keynote Address

Saturday November 7, 2015
8:00am  –                          Registration
9:00am   –   10:00am      Plenary Session
10:00am – 11:30am        Concurrent Session IV
11:45am –   1:00pm         Plenary Session
1:00pm –   2:00pm         President’s Lunch
2:00pm –   3:30pm         Concurrent Session V (Four Rooms)
6:30pm –    9:00pm        President’s Dinner/ Awards Ceremony (Large Room)


The ABCC Conference Accommodations

We are excited that you are attending a conference coordinated through the Northeastern University and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute! Here, we hope you find all of the information you will need for your trip to the historic city of Boston Massachusetts.


The conference activities will occur primarily at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel in the heart of downtown Boston.  The conference rate is available at The Hyatt Regency Boston.

[Additional travel information will be coming soon]

ABCC Conference Vendors

ABCC Vendor Information

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