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Office of the Vice President of Campus Life
Fax: 202-885-1769
Butler Pavilion, Room 400

Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Office of the Vice President of Campus Life
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8127

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Sister Sister AU Summitt

Sister Sister Presents “Strengthening the Bonds of Sisterhood”

Sister Sister AU invites you to join them at their 1st Annual Sister Sister Summit on Oct. 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The theme for the event will be “Strengthening the Bonds of Sisterhood”. The goal of this summit is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in conversation with professors, AU Black Alumni and local professionals. The summit is designed to unite women of the African diaspora and empower them to continue to be their best self. Learn more about the summit

Courageous Conversations: An ongoing series of discussions open to the AU community.

The 2016 Election: What is at Stake, Who Decides & How We Get to Full Participation
Oct. 12 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Mary Graydon Center 3-5
Sponsor: AU Library 

Riffing on the Legacy of the Black Arts Movement
Oct. 15 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Museum at Katzen Arts Center
Sponsor: AU Museum/Alper Initiative

Theatre on the Front Lines
Oct. 17 4:00 - 5:20 p.m. Humanities Lab (Battelle 228)
Sponsor: Department of Anthropology

Latina(os) and the Upcoming Election
Oct. 17 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Butler Boardroom
Sponsor: College of Arts & Sciences 

The Free Speech Debate & the Classroom: What We Need to Consider
Oct. 20 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Mary Graydon Center 3-4
Sponsor: CTRL

Hope Against the Evidence: The Underside of Resistance Politics in Palestine
Oct. 24 4:00 - 5:20 p.m. Humanities Lab (Battelle 228)
Sponsor: Department of Anthropology

For Faculty and Staff 

Free Speech and the Classroom: What to Consider
Oct. 20 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Mary Graydon Center 3-4
Sponsored by CTRL

With free speech comes responsibility, and navigating those waters in the classroom can be tough. At this panel discussion, hear higher ed experts from both on and off campus share insights, experiences and tips. Plus: Results from a student-led survey on the topic. The panel discussion will be moderated by Fanta Aw (Assistant VP of Campus Life). The panelists are Amy Eisman (School of Communication) and Anita Levy (Senior Program Officer, American Association of University Professors) (Other panelists to be determined). Lunch will be provided. Register for this event

Ongoing Programs

Intergroup Dialogue

Intergroup dialogue between two people

Intergroup Dialogue, offered through the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, strives to create new knowledge, build community, heal divisions, and promote civic engagement by creating a constructive space for dialogue at American University. Dialogues run for seven weeks and are led by trained facilitators. 


The Center for Diversity & Inclusion offers workshops that cover topics including intersecting identities, unpacking privilege and working with first-generation students while creating inclusive communities and conversations. The workshops are open to ALL: students, faculty, staff and community members.

What Matters to Me and Why

What Matters to Me and Why Speaker

“What Matters to Me and Why” is a speaker series that provides opportunities for members of the AU Community to reflect about values, beliefs and motivations that have shaped their personal and professional journeys. It aims to help students and others better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the university. Presenters are encouraged to talk about choices made, difficulties encountered and commitments solidified.

Exploring Social Justice Series

The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues. All events are free and open to the public. #ExploreSocialJustice

Center for Community Engagement & Service Programs

CBLR - Community-Based Learning and Research is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates community service with instruction and reflection to connect the theoretical realm of the classroom and the practical needs of the community.  

DC Reads - DC Reads has worked to improve the historically low literacy rates in our nation's capitol. The district-wide collaboration consists of several universities, their students, the DC Public School System, and a number of community-based organizations united under one goal of elementary school literacy. More than 150 AU students serve as tutors, volunteering their time to better the lives of the area’s elementary school children.

International Student & Scholar Services Programs

International Student & Scholar Services TALK Program

TALK - TALK is a voluntary 8-week program which brings groups of U.S. and international students together and engages them in informal, facilitated conversations about culture and intercultural communication. Through experience-based learning activities, participants discover the impact of culture on their daily lives, especially their interpersonal relationships with others.

LEP - The Language Exchange Program matches students who wish to practice and improve foreign language skills. Open to international and US students.