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


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).