The House of Black Culture was named after Otterbein's first African-American graduate, William Henry Fouse. The HBC, established in 1994, serves as a meeting and social space for African-American students.
The house offers living space to five same sex individuals who are involved in the African-American Student Union and/or other diversity organizations on campus. The HBC promotes cultural exchange through programming and discussions for the Otterbein community.
The HBC also assists the Office of Ethnic Diversity by hosting receptions for visiting guests. A quarterly signature program is the Late Night Breakfast which is a study break for students preparing for finals. (Advisor: Dr. Lisa Phillips