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Bringing faculty, staff, and students together

Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread is a RiSE-inspired initiative that supports a "One AU" community between faculty, staff, students, faculty emeriti, and alumni. In promotion of an inclusive and relationship-centered environment, the initiative is intended to encourage a greater sense of satisfaction, recognition, and empowerment, while also allowing students to get to know faculty and staff better.

To achieve these objectives, the Breaking Bread initiative will sponsor events, collaborations, and awards throughout the year that are designed specifically to bring faculty, staff, and students together.

Lunch Passes

A breaking bread lunch session

Would you like to enjoy a free lunch with your fellow faculty, staff, students, faculty emeriti, and alumni? An allotment of passes are now available for complimentary lunch in the University Club. Let's take time to learn about each other in a casual setting.

To sign up, simply click on the link below and input your information. Please keep an eye on your email, as you will receive confirmation of your lunch reservation via Eventbrite.

Sign Up

Spring 2018 Participants

Fall 2017 Participants

Spring 2017 Participants

Sophomore Experience Dinner

Calling all sophomore students! You're invited to a Breaking Bread Sophomore Experience Dinner. Enjoy a complimentary dinner with faculty and staff leaders, and tell us about your AU experience so far. Please select one date only.

Nov. 7 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Myers Collaboration Lab – Room 111

Reserve your ticket.

Nov. 13 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | McDowell Formal Lounge

Reserve your ticket.

Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award

2017 Faculty and Staff Collaboration Award Winners

The Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award promotes and rewards outstanding collaborative efforts between faculty and staff at the university.

This award was launched in 2017 in addition to the existing staff awards sponsored by Human Resources, all of which serve to recognize faculty and staff whose collaborative efforts break down barriers and make American University an exceptional place to live and work.


  • Nominations must include a minimum of one faculty and one staff member.
  • Collaborative efforts must exhibit a positive impact towards strengthening faculty/staff relationships.

Award Winners Will Receive

  • Award certificate
  • Invitation to a special luncheon during Faculty Staff Appreciation Week
  • Day off from work
  • $750 per person monetary award, not to exceed $5,000 for a group award (the monetary awards are considered taxable compensation to the recipient in accordance with the IRS code)
  • Photograph with the university president, provost, and their division vice president

Nomination Instructions

The award nomination deadline is March 1, 2018. Please visit the University Awards website for more information.

Appreciation Week

Staff playing volleyball

In the spirit of One AU, all faculty are invited to participate in the 2018 Staff Appreciation Week events June 4-8. Stay tuned for more information on the volleyball tournaments, picnic, herb giveaway, and more.

AU Breaking Bread Initiative

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Free food! Break bread! Students, faculty, staff! Come together at the table for lunch at the new University Dining Club. Break bread, break barriers

Illustration of smiling slice of bread