Quad Cities Campus

QC Cultural Alliance

Welcome to QC Cultural Alliance

The purpose of the QC Cultural Alliance is to strive to support an inclusive and diverse campus environment that promotes cultural awareness, respect, appreciation, while also challenging racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, disability, national origin and other identity based biases. The Alliance will offer educational and social programming for the QC campus and surrounding community to engage in a positive reflection of our similarities and differences.


NAACP Branches

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.



Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

Mission: Provide opportunities for a diverse population through a variety of programs and services.


WIU African American Studies

Vision and Mission

We strive to:

  • offer courses that focus on both historical and cultural experiences of Black people in Africa and the Americas.
  • collect and disseminate historical and current information that provides an accurate picture of the Black experience as well as aid in the understanding and appreciation of that experience.
  • provide a body of knowledge that is an integral part of the general or liberal education of all students.
  • supply students with analytical and problem solving skills that may be useful in dealing with problems confronting Black communities and the United States at large.
  • facilitate interaction between faculty and students from different backgrounds and disciplines who share an interest in African American Studies.

Our strong multidisciplinary faculty members promote excellence through outstanding teaching, research, student mentoring, study abroad, community outreach and public service.


Student Resources

Resource Library

The African American Studies Resource Library is a select collection of resources relating to African and African American history and culture. The type of materials held in our collection include:

  • Books
  • CDs
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Select Journals
  • AAS Course Reserve Readings and Textbooks

For more information on resources and availability, visit the Department of African American Studies office in Morgan Hall 232.

Web Resources

The internet is a great resource featuring African American and multicultural images, historical facts, literature, art, etc. Visit these suggested websites.

National Council for Black Studies

National Association of African American Studies

African Literature Association

Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center


The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center provides ongoing cultural experiences, academic enhancement opportunities, and social programs designed to aid in the adjustment of African American students at Western Illinois University. The Center also serves as an important resource in providing cultural enrichment opportunities for Western Illinois University and the region.