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The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) houses the ethnic studies research centers — the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center. Though launched in 1969 as a structure designed to expand, strengthen, and coordinate training and research in ethnic studies, its operations have recently been expanded and re-envisioned. This change reflects in part the unparalleled population shifts that have occurred in recent decades, which have transformed our sociocultural landscape, expanding both inter- and intra-group diversity as well as opportunities for inter-intra-sectional exchanges—what we term emerging America. Drawing on ethnic and American studies that serve as its intellectual core, the IAC is devoted to the study of these processes, their consequences and their potentials. The new IAC conducts and sponsors research and will continue to facilitate scholarship in ethnic studies through its fellowship and research grant programs. In addition, the IAC serves as a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange on campus and in Los Angeles communities and works to enhance student and faculty outreach and recruitment to UCLA.



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