To make lasting improvements in both the diversity and inclusiveness of our community, AU is committed to the following actions:
- Establish a presidential council to oversee these plans, monitor institutional progress, recommend new objectives, and plan necessary resources
- Introduce a mandatory course on diversity and inclusion for all first year and transfer students
- Revise and elevate awareness of discrimination policies, channels for complaint, and avenues for support
- Reallocate five tenure or tenure track positions to recruit diverse candidates to AU's faculty
- Develop programs to cultivate inclusive classrooms, including an entry program for newly appointed tenure track faculty and dialogue sessions for current faculty
- American University Experience (AUx), a set of two required transition courses, is rolled out to all first-year students in academic year 2018-2019
- The first pilot of AUx1, which launched last year, had a retention rate of 98%
- University-wide discussions on implementing additional courses related to diversity and inclusion into the AU Core begin
- A new African-American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) major launches within the College of Arts and Sciences
- The program examines African American history and culture in the U.S. in the context of contemporary and historical African cultures, theories of racial ideology and race politics, and the distinctive artistic, literary, and cultural practices of African people worldwide
- The program is offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Collaborative, a vibrant and inclusive community that explores diverse voices, histories, and experiences through socially-engaged scholarship
- Ibram X. Kendi, best-selling author and award-winning historian, is announced as the founding director of AU's new Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center
- The Center will bring together teams of faculty and student researchers to conduct cutting-edge, intersectional, and interdisciplinary research of racial inequality and discrimination of a national and international scope
- AU believes the Center will serve as a global leader for anti-racist research and policymaking
- PCDI provides input on the Undergraduate Campus Climate Survey to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
- Revisions to survey are made to gather more comprehensive data from current undergraduate students regarding diversity and inclusion on campus
- A plan for diversifying and retaining diverse faculty — Target of Opportunity Program (TOP) — is developed by Mary Clark, Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost and Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dean of the School of Education
- Human Resources examines every phase of staff hiring process with the goal of increasing diversity and inclusion
- HR leaders meet with 60 staff members of color to identify changes the university could make to improve racial climate and establish a new staff and faculty people of color affinity group
We are establishing an infrastructure to support, cultivate, and foster greater diversity and inclusion.
Reporting BiasFor complaints against:
- Students - contact the Dean of Students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Law Students - contact the Associate Dean of Students: email@example.com
- Staff, University Administrators, University Guests, or Contractors - contact the AVP of Human Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty Member or Faculty Administrator - contact the Dean of Academic Affairs: email@example.com
Diversity on campus
AU aligns with the work of the Association of American Colleges & Universities in defining diversity and inclusion.
Diversity is defined as individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).
Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in the curriculum, co-curriculum, and communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect.
I do see change, and I do feel it, because I’ve been part of it.
I think AU and campus groups are facilitating more avenues to talk about race and diversity. In my department, we teach 12 different languages and we live that diversity in a way that is so natural to us. Yet throughout the university, we need to have difficult conversations, and we won’t always have closure. I do see change, and I do feel it, because I’ve been part of it. Having lived in Latin America for 15 years and been exposed to different environments, I can say that this campus has been very welcoming. I do feel at home here.
Professor Ibram X. Kendi has been named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential Young African Americans. View The Root's website
Introducing teachers and researchers to the AU community.
For fall 2017, AU students can take advantage of a diverse group of new undergrad and graduate majors, minors, and tracks within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The new course is part of the American University Experience pilot.
AU professors go back to the classroom for intensive sessions on race and identity.