Frequently Asked Questions
What offices are included in this new Center for Diversity and Inclusion?
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Resource Center, Multicultural Affairs, and the Women’s Resource Center. This new office will have strong programmatic relationships with Kay Spiritual Life Center, International Student Scholar Services, and Disability Support Services, and it will serve as an active participant in supporting broader Campus Life efforts to promote inclusion outside of the Center.
Given the approval of AU's Strategic Plan in 2008, the Office of Campus Life was charged with an opportunity to think broadly and collaboratively about climate for traditionally underrepresented / underserved groups on campus. This new Center is designed to focus on issues unique to certain identity-based groups to ensure that all students can find a home here at AU.
The Center comes at a time when the university at-large is moving towards being more intentional in how we engage and experience diversity on campus. The center will serve as a catalyst for these discussions. AU is working to strategically position itself for broader institutional transformation that will strengthen its position nationally and internationally. This Center presents a new and different way to think about how we attract, retain, support and graduate all students.
What will be different in this new Center, compared to the individual units that existed before?
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will continue to focus on the experiences of LGBTQ, multicultural and first-generation, and women students on campus, as the former individual units did. Each community will have a Coordinator for Programming and Outreach that works specifically to design events, initiatives, and outlets for students to explore their identities and address their needs. In addition, the Center will focus on broader campus education, retention, and inclusion efforts.