Founded in 1970 by former academic dean David A. Portlock, the Portlock Black Cultural Center supports the educational and social experiences of students of African, Latino, Asian, and Native American descent, as well as the LGBTQIA population.


Trustee emeritus Riley K. Temple `71 addressing the crowd at the dedication of the EPI/Riley Temple Art Gallery

The PBCC works closely with Lafayette and community organizations to enhance cultural awareness, support community-wide programs, and provide a forum for networking. It features an art gallery, a library, an upstairs living room, and a full service kitchen. The Association of Black Collegians, the Hispanic Society of Lafayette, and the Intercultural Ambassador student staff have their offices located on the second floor.

Ongoing activities in the PBCC include weekly Kaleidoscope meetings, art exhibits, workshops, dinners for campus guests, alumni events, guest speakers and lectures, classes, receptions, film showings, student social activities, and other community sponsored events.

If you would like to host an event at the Portlock Black Cultural Center, please reserve the building at