Mission Statement

The AIRC's logo was created and designed by artist Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache), founder and CEO of Urban Native Era, @joeymontoya on Instagram

Our Mission Statement

The AIRC is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by advocating student-centered programs, cultural events, and tools for academic success and well-being. The center serves as a vital link between American Indian students, the University, and tribal communities to foster growth through mentoring, leadership opportunities, and scholarly development.  The AIRC also serves as a supportive space for students to help ease the transition from home to campus life.    

The AIRC's objectives are as follows:
  • To increase Native visibility on campus
  • To promote the value of a college education for American Indians
  • To aid in the development of leadership skills among American Indian students
  • To foster Indigenous knowledge and practices in our activities and 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).