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Black Cultural Center

Department Overview

The BCC: the Hub of a Vibrant and Productive Community

The BCC, also known as "The House," is home to Swarthmore's storied and accomplished Black Community, a community that has received national accolades and is considered a model for many who are concerned about the development and well-being of Black students in the academy. This well deserved and prestigious position results from over 60 years of vision and struggle. Today that vision of a Swarthmore where Black students excel and where they learn to transform their broader community is alive and well, and the Black Cultural Center is the hub of that activity.

Swarthmore's Black community and its allies have done a tremendous job in ensuring that Black people are an integral part of Swarthmore's landscape. The community's vision, insisting that Black students develop intellectually and culturally, has positively reinforced the College's commitment to multicultural education, making Swarthmore a leader among its peers. At the BCC this goal extends to all "Swatties," --to develop the cross-cultural leadership skills of every interested student, especially those wishing to work within the Black Community, with sensitivity, familiarity and an eye toward "people-centered empowerment."

The BCC is a great place to explore and debate ideas, hold study groups, plan and host meetings and events, have a dinner, read a book, write a paper, or just relax. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our energetic community.

black students in admission office

During "the most traumatic week in the history of the College,"  black students occupied the Admissions  Office and explained their demands to the College community and the press in several meetings such as this one.

Students outside BCC

The BCC supports a thriving and inclusive black campus community.

Dion Lewis speaks at podium

Dean Lewis, Director of the Black Cultural Center delivers a speech at the 2016 Bryan Stevenson dinner.

Black and white image of Black Cultural Center

The BCC encourages students to explore the complexities of their identity, their connections to members of the Black community, both locally and globally, and to learn how to live productively after Swarthmore.

Faculty at BCC event

Faculty and staff are a huge part of the BCC community.

Students at a BCC event

The BCC celebrates the breadth and depth of black traditions, practices, and experiences.

2015 Kwanzaa celebration

The BCC strives to critically engage students whose educational, intellectual, and personal interests include issues of race, ethnicity, and the varied social, cultural, and political histories of Africans across the Diaspora.

Students gathering in the BCC

The BCC is a great place to explore and debate ideas, hold study groups, plan and host meetings and events, have a dinner, read a book, write a paper, or just relax.

Lighting candles

Students observe the lighting of kinara candles during the annual Kwanzaa celebration.

During "the most traumatic week in the history of the College,"  black students occupied the Admissions  Office and explained their demands to the College community and the press in several meetings such as this one.

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Facilities

The BCC is an excellent place to hold meetings, small talks, discussions and study groups as well as to conduct research and hold classes.

Facilities

Co-Sponsor an event with the BCC!

The Black Cultural Center strives for programming to be student-generated and student-supported. Some events are already planned, but we welcome and encourage co-sponsorships and new event ideas. More importantly, we want to co-sponsor with you!

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