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Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

The Bunche Center was established as an Organized Research Unit (ORU) in 1969, with the mission to develop and strengthen African American Studies through research, academic programs, the library and media center, and cultural and scholarly programming. 

The Center supports research that expands the knowledge of the history, lifestyles, and sociocultural systems of people of African descent and investigates problems that have bearing on their psychological, social, and economic well being.  Research sponsored and conducted by the Bunche Center is multidisciplinary in scope and spans the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and several professional schools. 

The Center is affliliated with the Department of African American Studies. The Bunche Center Library and Media Center (LMC) provides specialized information services to UCLA faculty, students, and staff and to researchers in the Southern California area at large and complements the resources of the UCLA library system. 

The Center is also responsible for the development and presentation of cultural and scholarly programming designed to enrich the experiences of the campus and surrounding communities. 

The Bunche Center is part of the Institute of American Cultures (IAC), which advances our understanding of the new social and cultural realities in America.  As part of the IAC, the Bunche Center awards annual predoctoral and visiting scholar/researcher fellowships.
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