History & Mission

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies was founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS). It was renamed in 2003 after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth.

Bunche Hall interior

We seek to provide a creative arena for educational development relevant to the lives and existence of African Americans.

Big Data For Justice Summer Institute

Research Initiatives

Bunche Center-supported research initiatives include the UCLA Black Male Institute; the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health; the UCLA Prison Education Program; and our flagship project Million Dollar Hoods.