Pursuing Excellence Through Inclusion

Pursing Excellence through inclusion
A student representing inclusive togetherness

As the world grapples with systemic racism, injustice, and inequality, American University continues to work toward a more equitable future—on our campus, in our nation, and beyond. Our Plan for Inclusive Excellence pursues diversity, equity, and inclusion within each part of our university, our alumni use their purpose to ensure access to quality childhood education, and our programs set first-generation students up for success.


STEP students standing at AU gate

First-Generation Students STEP into AU Life

Building community, transitioning to college is program’s focus.
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Psychologist Edmund Wyatt Gordon

Spearheading lasting change in early childhood education

Psychologist Edmund Wyatt Gordon’s early intervention work spans seven decades.
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Yami Payano

Open to Interpretation

Alumna is creating a more accessible, inclusive world for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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