Upperman African American Cultural Center


To positively affect the recruitment, retention and academic achievement of black students at UNCW, and contribute to the preparation of all UNCW students to excel in an increasingly diverse world.


The Upperman African American Cultural Center supports UNCW's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its mission to offer "powerful academic experiences" through the successful execution of three primary goals:

  • Support
    Develop and maintain programs and resources that support quality of life, academic excellence, social well-being and a positive over-all experience for Black students at UNCW.


  • Education
    Develop and present programs that explore and educate students, staff and community about the historical, cultural, social and artistic experiences of African Americans and other people of the African Diaspora.


  • Advocacy
    Maintain a level of expertise about the Black student experience that affirmatively informs the policies, practices and programs of UNCW administration, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.