Diversity at SOC

Throughout our history, inclusiveness and diversity have been hallmarks of American University. Our academic, social, and organizational strength is enhanced by our inclusiveness and respect for the unique identity of individuals reflected in their cultural traditions, beliefs, and viewpoints.

The School of Communication embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, disability, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual viewpoint. We are committed to creating an environment that welcomes and nurtures diversity within our student body; faculty; curriculum and teaching; creative, scholarly, and professional activities; and service.

The School of Communication is committed to creating an environment that welcomes and nurtures diversity within our student body; faculty; curriculum and teaching; creative, scholarly, and professional activities; and service. To realize this goal, we have formulated the following plan:

  1. A diverse academic community directly contributes to the quality of higher education.
  2. The United States and the world are diverse environments, and students must be academically and socially prepared to live and work successfully in these environments.
  3. A commitment to diversity is based on respect for each person's value as a human being and as a member of society.
  4. In turn, respect for diversity contributes directly to individual growth, perspectives, and abilities.
  5. Talented individuals come from every background, and the school can realize its academic mission only by drawing its students and faculty from a diverse population.
  6. This plan is adopted in the context of the sincere desire and intent to overcome the lack of progress by the academy—and the professions we serve—to achieve adequate levels of diversity, despite longstanding efforts to address the issue through a variety of well-intentioned initiatives.

Share Your Experiences

Our Diversity Committee want to hear from you! Share your constructive ideas and personal experiences with socdiversity@american.edu or our online form. Submissions are anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.

Combating Hate with a Young Adult Novel

Those books shaped my life…This really has been a passion project for me.

Killian MacDonald's forthcoming novel uses young adult literature as a platform for social change. While her narrative follows the same arcs of heroism, romance, and adventure that appear throughout the genre, her accompanying strategic plan-written for her interdisciplinary honors capstone-uses her communication skills to teach teens about Islamophobia and inspires them to stand up for each other and be activists in their own right.

BA in Public Relations and Strategic Communication.