Inclusive Excellence Award

  • Claudia Blount
    Washington College of Law
  • Caroline DeLeon
    Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Jackie Garcia
    Human Resources
  • Elmer Yglesias
    College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate Admissions

The AU Latino & Hispanic Faculty and Staff Affinity Group’s mentorship program bridges the gap between the Latino, Hispanic, and Latinx AU communities.

Now in its third year, the 2022 cohort had 41 mentees and 22 volunteer mentors and has evolved into a campus-wide collaboration that provides a safe space for our students and a sense of belonging outside the classroom.

It’s an opportunity for students to be seen other than a person of color or minority.

Geri Mitchell

Geri created and released “Lift Every Voice,” a series of 45 audio modules for Black History Month broadcast to WAMU’s broadcast audience throughout the DMV in February 2022.

Geri organized and led a team of collaborators to create informative tributes to figures and events in African American History. The series is now available online.

Preeti Menon
School of Public Affairs

Preeti created a racial and ethnic disparities (RED) assessment tool for treatment court programs and a suite of resources for treatment court professionals to identify and alleviate RED in their programs.

As a result of the tool and resources, treatment courts have changed their policies and practices to make them more inclusive to all.

The Inclusive Excellence Award is given to a staff member or group who makes outstanding contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and advances the goals of American University’s Inclusive Excellence plan.

Staff Awards Ceremony


The finalists and winners of the 2022 Staff Awards are announced on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 1:00pm.

2022 Inclusive Excellence Award Nominees

  • Claudia Blount*
  • Rebecca Coughlin
  • Caroline DeLeon*
  • Jackie Garcia*
  • Gene Logan
  • Preeti Menon
  • Geri Mitchell
  • Elmer Yglesias*