The mission of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center is to complement the academic programs of study and enrich the quality of campus life for African-American students at the University of Missouri. Integral to this mission are the following aims: provide support for higher retention and graduation rates of African-American students through social and educational programming; offer leadership development opportunities and establish a safe space for students. Additionally, the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center is a willing partner with entities endeavoring to make the University of Missouri and Columbia community a more inclusive and welcoming environment for diverse populations through education, outreach, and collaboration.