Year Three Outcomes

Our journey continues with actions to promote systemic change for equity and enhance sense of belonging for all, with emphasis on inclusive hiring, faculty development, and student access.

AU Pushes Toward More Equitable Future

To continue to move the work forward, the second phase of the inclusive excellence plan lays out specific actions to advance equity, includes accountabilities for leadership, and identifies metrics to measure progress.
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Goal 1: Learning, Curriculum, and Professional Development

  • 100% of AU leadership (Board of Trustees, President’s Council, Senior Advisory Council) engaged in year-long training on racial literacy and intercultural competence
  • 34% increase in faculty attending DEI trainings (from 283 faculty in AY 19–20 to 380 faculty in AY 20–21); 85% of faculty participants indicated they learned something they will use to make their teaching more inclusive
  • 2 schools led antiracist curricular development projects (SOE, CAS)
  • DEI training included in new staff orientation
  • Launch of recurring inclusive hiring manager training and inclusive hiring toolkit
  • 3 new academic programs launched focused on Latina/o/x studies; Asia, Pacific and diasporic studies; and disability, health, and bodies
  • 100% of AUPD officers trained on implicit bias and fair and equitable policing

Goal 2: Campus Culture, Climate, and Community

Goal 3: Policies, Processes, and Procedures

  • 1,959 students designated chosen names, pronouns, or gender identity in AU’s new self-service tool
  • 1 new Office of Equity and Title IX launched to centralize reporting and enhance response to all bias, discrimination and harassment complaints for students, faculty, and staff
  • $13M additional financial aid support for AY 20–21 as part of AU’s Community of Care
  • 74 laptop loans and 164 internet stipends 
  • 194 students offered on-campus emergency housing in AY 20–21

Goal 4: Access and Equity

  • 100% of senior leadership searches used inclusive hiring practices resulting in more diverse hires
  • $1.35M raised for access and equity-focused student support and scholarships, AU’s second-best year on record
  • 1st Board of Trustees Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee established
  • 1st AU Supplier Diversity Program under development
  • 4 therapy groups established for AU students from marginalized communities, led by diverse AU counseling center therapists
  • 47% of AU’s 30 new tenure-line faculty and 28% of AU’s 54 new term faculty hired in Fall 2020 self-identify as faculty of color. Overall, 22% of AU’s full-time faculty self-identify as faculty of color as of Fall 2020.

Goal 5: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work

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First Latina/o/x Studies and Disability, Health, & Bodies Programs

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New technology allows AU students to select their preferred name and pronouns.

AU Adopts Chosen Name and Gender Identity Policy

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AU has pursued an inclusive and equitable hiring process.

Keeping Equity and Inclusiveness at the Forefront of Hiring

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First-Generation Students STEP into Life at AU

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New Swahili, Persian, Portuguese, and Hebrew Language Programs

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Sara Kaplan Named Executive Director of ARPC

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