Phase One: The Foundation
Based on analyses of campus survey data, external consultations, and meetings with more than 1,000 community members, and using the Association of American College and Universities’ Inclusive Excellence as a framework, the first stage of the plan taught us how to listen, and how best to act.
We began infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion at strategic, tactical, and operational levels of the university. The result was a strong foundation of early progress, including more inclusive policies and equitable practices, honest assessments of the challenges we face, and programs to increase all community members’ sense of belonging.
Phase Two: Advancing Racial Equity
From increasing access to educational opportunity to building an antiracist community that fosters innovation, the next phase of Inclusive Excellence will build on the sustainable foundation of the last two years. With an enhanced focus on advancing racial equity and a clearly defined accountability structure, we will continue to make strides toward a more just community—and world.
Throughout the next stage of the plan, we are pursuing action items and concrete tactics, situated across five overarching goals, that prioritize advancing racial equity and extending inclusive excellence to our mission of building knowledge and ideas through scholarship, research, and creative works.
The phase two plan includes key metrics to measure progress against our goals. By 2023:
80% of senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni leaders engaged in IE training will report learning something they can use to be more inclusive in their everyday work
At least 70% of students, faculty, and staff will feel that AU is committed to creating a campus where everyone has a sense of belonging
At least 65% of students, faculty, and staff will report that AU is committed to combatting discrimination and bias
Please see Appendixes for more metrics.
What's Next for Inclusive Excellence
AU Supplier Diversity Program
AU will build a process to support sustainable and minority- and women-owned businesses in our vendor selection.
September 26, 2023 - The integral work of advancing inclusive excellence in higher education continues after the Supreme Court’s ruling on race-conscious admissions. Our panel of AU experts will explore the work following the Supreme Court’s ruling, challenges presented by the decision, and the path forward to continue pursuing diversity in higher education student populations.