- American University Experience (AUx), a set of two required transition courses, is tested with a core of trained faculty and staff and is expected to be rolled out to all first-year students in 2018
- Starting in 2015, professors Dr. Andrea Brenner (sociology) and Angie Chuang (communication) researched and developed AUx through town hall meetings and working sessions with students, faculty, and staff
- American University Experience II (AUx2), the follow-up course, delves into social and culture relations, and issues of diversity, identity, and race
- PCDI hosts a series of listening sessions in residence halls where students can have one-on-one conversations about AU's environment of diversity and inclusion
- PCDI drafts recommendations for diversity and inclusion objectives that President Kerwin incorporates into the university's strategic plan
- PCDI engages with AU community through interviews and discussions with key AU stakeholders, student leaders, faculty senate, and administration members
- 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
- 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
- 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
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Valeria Ojeda-Avitia, SIS/BA '17
Your life can change in just a simple conversation.
There are so many monumental moments at AU that just a simple conversation can change everything. It happens in the classroom, on campus, with the people who come here to speak, through internships and in the things I do downtown. This is a time in my life when I'm both forming my beliefs and open to new ideas. AU helps me make the most of that.
Roshan Thomas, Kogod/BA '16
Last year was my musical year at AU. It was like nothing I've ever experienced.
I've taken piano since I was in the second grade. I thought I'd have to give that up, but I carved out the time. I became involved in chamber orchestra and the gospel choir—opposite ends of the spectrum stylistically. The first time I sat down to play, I got goosebumps from that group synergy. AU has made me realize how much more I’m open to.