Mission Statement

Our Logo

The AIRC's logo was created in collaboration with Native graphic designer Ray RiveraThe logo's design incorporates a circle which represents many things in Native cultures, most commonly the cyclical nature of life. The design also uses the four colors of the medicine wheel: red, white, yellow and black. 

Our Mission Statement

 The AIRC is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by hosting student-centered programs, cultural events and providing tools for academic success and personal well-being. The center is a vital link between American Indian students, the University, and tribal communities that fosters growth through mentoring, leadership opportunities, and scholarly development. 

The AIRC's objectives are as follows:
  • To promote the value of a college education for American Indians.
  • To serve as a supportive space for students as they transition from home to campus life.
  • To center Indigenous knowledge and practices in our activities and help preserve the culture and heritage of American Indian students.
  • To serve as a liaison between Native communities and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Location

The AIRC is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore building and is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. The AIRC shares the space with the African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center (El Centro), and the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC).