- University Life
The mission of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is to advance American University’s commitment to respecting & valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison for students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy.
Dedicated in 1965, the Kay Spiritual Life Center is a Buddhist temple. It is a Muslim mosque. It is a Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant. It is a Jewish synagogue. It is a Hindu house of worship, a Unitarian gathering place, and more. The Kay Center has been all these things, and – under its vision of celebrated religious diversity – it will continue to be a home for students of any and all faiths.
The Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) supports the academic development and educational goals of all American University students and is committed to providing access for individuals with disabilities within the university's diverse community.
The Counseling Center offers counseling, self-help resources, referrals to private care, workshops, and discussion groups to help students gain the skills and insights they need to overcome adversity and thrive in their life and learning. Any student with a concern they would like to discuss is welcome.
The Office of Campus Life initiated the Veterans' Liaison Network to help ensure that AU's student veterans navigate the university successfully to achieve their educational objectives. Network members will be veterans' principal contacts in their respective departments and will collaborate with one another to ensure that veterans' needs are being met and that problems are addressed quickly and effectively.
Today the university is home to more than 1000 international students and scholars representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from over 100 countries. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty and academic programs.