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President's Council on Diversity & Inclusion

Building an Inclusive Campus Culture

The President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion was convened in a August 31, 2016 memorandum from President Kerwin and is charged with monitoring and reporting progress on elements of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which was drafted in February 2016 and reaffirmed in April 2016. The initial meeting of the committee was September 29, 2016, organized by President Kerwin and council chair Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Members of the community who wish to communicate with the council may do so at

  • Caleen Sinnette Jennings, chair, Council on Diversity and Inclusion; professor of theatre, department of performing arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kelly Alexander, chair, Diversity Committee; member, Staff Council; director of public relations, University Communications and Marketing
  • Samssa Ali, program coordinator, Pakistan Women's Council, School of International Service
  • Sara Bendoraitis, director of programming, outreach and advocacy, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Campus Life
  • Tristan Cabello, director of American studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lia Epperson, professor and associate dean for faculty and academic programs, Washington College of Law
  • Alan Kraut, professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lauren Lumpkin, director of diversity and inclusion, Student Government
  • Sara Nieves-Grafals, member, AU Alumni Board; clinical psychologist
  • Thi Nguyen-Southern, associate general counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Mark Schaefer, university chaplain, Kay Spiritual Life Center, Office of Campus Life
  • Kenya Sumner, president, SOC Graduate Student Council
  • Deborah DeMille Wagman, director, academic and disability support, Academic Support and Access Center


May 23, 2017 -- Board of Trustees Spring 2017 Meeting Summary & Resolution

May 22, 2017 -- Effect of a Recent Local Tragedy

May 14, 2017 -- President's Commencement Address on Hate

May 5, 2017 -- Safety Alert and Precautions

May 1, 2017 -- Racial Incident

February 10, 2017 -- Resources and Support for AU's Undocumented Students

January 31, 2017 -- Continued Support for Members of AU's International Community

January 30, 2017 -- Implications of Executive Order on Immigration

December 14, 2016 -- Support for Undocumented Students

December 13, 2016 -- End of Semester Update

November 11, 2016 -- Setting the Standard for Discourse & Understanding

September 29, 2016 -- Toward Greater Inclusion (Provost Scott Bass & VP-Campus Life Gail Hanson)

September 19, 2016 -- Recent Events & Climate of Inclusion

August 31, 2016 -- President's Council on Diversity & Inclusion

April 22, 2016 -- Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and Next Steps

February 29, 2016 -- Immediate Actions to Build a More Diverse & Inclusive University

Responding to Hate

Hate Crime Response

Information regarding AU's response to the hate crime on May 1, 2017.

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Strategic Plan

In AU's Strategic Plan, goal #5 is to "reflect and value diversity".

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