To make lasting improvements in both the diversity and inclusiveness of our community, AU is committed to the following actions:
- Establish a presidential council to oversee these plans, monitor institutional progress, recommend new objectives, and plan necessary resources
- Introduce a mandatory course on diversity and inclusion for all first year and transfer students
- Revise and elevate awareness of discrimination policies, channels for complaint, and avenues for support
- Reallocate five tenure or tenure track positions to recruit diverse candidates to AU's faculty
- Develop programs to cultivate inclusive classrooms, including an entry program for newly appointed tenure track faculty and dialogue sessions for current faculty
We are establishing an infrastructure to support, cultivate, and foster greater diversity and inclusion.
Reporting BiasFor complaints against:
- Students - contact the Dean of Students: email@example.com
- Law Students - contact the Associate Dean of Students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Staff, University Administrators, University Guests, or Contractors - contact the AVP of Human Resources: email@example.com
- Faculty Member or Faculty Administrator - contact the Dean of Academic Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I do see change, and I do feel it, because I’ve been part of it.
I think AU and campus groups are facilitating more avenues to talk about race and diversity. In my department, we teach 12 different languages and we live that diversity in a way that is so natural to us. Yet throughout the university, we need to have difficult conversations, and we won’t always have closure. I do see change, and I do feel it, because I’ve been part of it. Having lived in Latin America for 15 years and been exposed to different environments, I can say that this campus has been very welcoming. I do feel at home here.
Professor Ibram X. Kendi has been named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential Young African Americans. View The Root's website
Introducing teachers and researchers to the AU community.
For fall 2017, AU students can take advantage of a diverse group of new undergrad and graduate majors, minors, and tracks within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The new course is part of the American University Experience pilot.
AU professors go back to the classroom for intensive sessions on race and identity.