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Lessons for Success: AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence


AU President Sylvia M. Burwell hosted a Crucial Conversation with former HUD Secretary Julián Castro and higher education expert Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen on AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence and Lessons for Success.

Thursday, February 8
American University School of International Service Atrium
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC, 20016

A conversation among leaders to discuss:

  • The challenges and opportunities of advancing equity and inclusion in higher education, as well as society at large.
  • Effective approaches for achieving inclusive excellence, including systemic and organizational transformation and ways to measure progress.
  • The core elements of AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence, the role of leadership, and the importance of community engagement.


  • Sylvia M. Burwell, President, American University
  • Julián Castro, Former Secretary, Housing and Urban Development
  • Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus Consulting Group