President Sylvia M. Burwell announces American University's Plan for Inclusive Excellence and discusses the opportunities and challenges the university faces with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A plan for diversifying and retaining diverse faculty—Target of Opportunity Program (TOP)—is developed by Mary Clark, Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost and Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dean of the School of Education
- Human Resources examines every phase of staff hiring process with the goal of increasing diversity and inclusion
- HR leaders meet with 60 staff members of color to identify changes the university could make to improve racial climate and establish a new staff and faculty people of color affinity group
- PCDI provides input on the Undergraduate Campus Climate Survey to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
- Revisions to survey are made to gather more comprehensive data from current undergraduate students regarding diversity and inclusion on campus
- Ibram X. Kendi, best-selling author and award-winning historian, is announced as the founding director of AU's new Antiracist Research and Policy Center
- The Center will bring together teams of faculty and student researchers to conduct cutting-edge, intersectional, and interdisciplinary research of racial inequality and discrimination of a national and international scope
- AU believes the Center will serve as a global leader for anti-racist research and policymaking
- A new African-American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) major launches within the College of Arts and Sciences
- The program examines African American history and culture in the U.S. in the context of contemporary and historical African cultures, theories of racial ideology and race politics, and the distinctive artistic, literary, and cultural practices of African people worldwide
- The program is offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Collaborative, a vibrant and inclusive community that explores diverse voices, histories, and experiences through socially-engaged scholarship
- American University Experience (AUx), a set of two required transition courses, is rolled out to all first-year students in academic year 2018-2019
- he first pilot of AUx1, which launched last year, had a retention rate of 98%
- University-wide discussions on implementing additional courses related to diversity and inclusion into the AU Core begin
Learn more about how we are establishing an infrastructure to support, cultivate, and foster greater diversity and inclusion, as well as how to report a bias incident to the university.
Diversity on campus
AU aligns with the work of the Association of American Colleges & Universities in defining diversity and inclusion.
Diversity is defined as individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).
Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in the curriculum, co-curriculum, and communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect.
Each project will tackle the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at AU.
Leaders of Reinventing the Student Experience (RiSE) shared progress and future goals related to the ambitious project.
American University Class of 2019 student Ammarah Rehman has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow