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Community centers: a long struggle for resources

Community centers’ push for increased resources – a perennial issue raised by student groups and representatives – has a long history. Challenges over the years range from a lack of professional staff and space for student groups to the threat of budget cuts affecting hours of operation and programming. This has led to a cycle of activism among students who hope to maintain and grow the community centers.

Community-centered: The Asian American Activities Center

Since January of 1977, the Asian American Activities Center (A3C), established through student-led community organizing, has supported a community of undergraduate and graduate scholars, organizers, artists, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. The A3C, like other community centers, is not a place for self-segregation – the A3C is a place for congregation, identity and intellectual development…