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Human Resources is committed to facilitating opportunities to come together as a community to enrich personal experiences and workplace culture.

In an effort to further our commitment to Inclusive Excellence at AU, Human Resources has launched the affinity group program. Affinity groups, also known as employee resource groups, are a collection of people linked by a common purpose or interest. These common interests can include job functions, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education, geography, military status, etc.

If you're interested in starting an affinity group or would like more information please contact

Click the expandable links below to learn more about diversity & inclusion at AU as well as other communities on campus.

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.

American University embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, disability, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual viewpoint.

The university views diversity as an essential component of the educational experience of our students and an important indicator of our success in adapting to the dramatic demographic shifts that will occur in the decades ahead.

We will dedicate the necessary resources to recruiting, welcoming, supporting, and retaining outstanding students, faculty, staff, and leadership who will significantly improve the diversity of our community, with particular attention to the inclusion of underrepresented domestic minority students.

We encourage all of our community to participate in the many activities and events designed to start conversations and help us find our similarities and understand our differences, including our diversity and inclusion courses.

The mission of the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group (BFSAG) group at American University is to help foster a campus climate and culture of unity, equity and respect. The BFSAG serves as an advocate and resource for advancing the academic, professional, social and cultural growth and development of Black faculty and staff through outreach, mentoring, networking, community service and enrichment programs. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Add your name to our listserv to learn about our upcoming events!

The Latino and Hispanic Faculty & Staff Affinity Group (LHFSA)serves to organize, develop, and elevate our community on campus through advocacy, support, and education. For questions about the group, please email

Please click here to join the listserv and receive information about upcoming events.

This group is in the early stages of forming. Please click here to join the listserv and receive information about upcoming events.

The Staff Council is an elected body of 20 full-time and permanent part-time AU staff which represent staff across campus and bring staff concerns to the administration.

Staff Council's mission is to serve the interests and needs of the American University staff pertaining to their daily activities and work conditions as they strive to support the university's goal of quality education. Toward this effort, the Staff Council promotes understanding and cooperation by facilitating communication among campus constituencies, and by serving as an advocate for staff issues which affect them. In our efforts to enhance the quality of the American University work environment, Staff Council provides leadership and support to work together with all members of the university to enrich community spirit.

Elected by faculty colleagues, the Senate ensures excellence and equity in policies and practices that affect faculty across the university. Its responsibilities include monitoring academic policies and regulations, making recommendations for the academic budget, and setting the curriculum and academic standards for instruction throughout the university. It represents the interests of faculty members and to be concerned with their individual and collective welfare, as well as the general welfare of the university. Senate leaders liaise with student and staff groups on issues of concern to the AU community as a whole.

Kay has been a "house of prayer for all people" and is home to more than two dozen religious communities. Kay has championed the idea of unity in diversity, seeking to help each community live out its own vibrant faith as our way of celebrating religious diversity rather than trying to water our religious expressions down into a lowest common denominator kind of experience. Kay is a home for students, faculty, and staff of any and all faiths. All of our communities of faith are open to visitors who are either looking for religious community or who are simply curious to learn something about different religious traditions. All of our services are open to all.

Our unique looking building-a round structure with a sixteen-foot impressionist flame on top- sits on the north side of the university's Eric Friedheim Quad directly opposite the library on the south end. These two structures comprise the intellectual and spiritual "poles" of American University, reflecting the institution's commitment to both intellectual and spiritual pursuits, to "knowledge and vital piety combined."

The Katzen Arts Center is an innovative space that merges the visual and performing arts and nurtures the interdisciplinary spirit of an American University education. Named for passionate and generous AU supporters Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen, the Katzen Arts Center stands as a focal point for student life and community involvement, and reflects the excitement of a liberal arts education at AU.

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center has established itself as a destination for the arts community in Washington, DC. The museum is home to the Watkins collection of contemporary art and features rotating visiting exhibits. In 2014, AU announced the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, which will provide gallery space dedicated to Washington art and artists, and programming to support local art.

The mission of the Veterans Lounge is to provide a space for the AU military community to gather for camaraderie and mutual support toward achieving academic objectives.


Letters LGBTQ+ Written

LGBTQ+ FSA Coffee Break

November 28, 2018
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Bender Library, 150


Winter Fiesta November 29 at 2pm to 4pm in S I S Founders Room

LHFSA Winter Fiesta

November 29, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SIS Founders Room


black green and red flag that says black faculty and staff affinity group

BFSA Holiday Party

December 12, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location to be determined 

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