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Building an Inclusive Campus Culture

A community that welcomes everyone.

Striving for Excellence

American University values open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving American University community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.

AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence reflects the university's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion - the cornerstone for achieving institutional and educational excellence. Through it, we hold ourselves accountable for achieving real change based on clear and transparent measures and regularly examine ourselves and everything we do.

Confronting Bias

Read 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.

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On Campus

First Steps Toward Inclusive Excellence


Faculty, students, and staff, including President Sylvia Burwell, share how AU is beginning to move forward together toward achieving our inclusive excellence goals.

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Get Involved


  • Join an Intergroup Dialogue to participate in an ongoing conversation about an aspect of identity 
  • Check out other student resources from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion which can help you navigate the complexities of campus life
  • Join one of more than 200 student-led organizations that help students create connections and find support systems on campus
  • Take advantage of AU's professional development courses to learn how to build a more inclusive workplace and build skills in awareness, self-exploration, and allyship
  • Join a faculty-staff affinity group to build relationships with colleagues across campus
  • Reach out to AU Connects to request a facilitated discussion if you need help responding to an intercultural conflict or inclusivity challenge in your work
  • Attend a Noontime Conversation to learn about building an inclusive classroom
  • Check out the online resources for inclusive teaching and culturally sustaining classrooms
  • Join a faculty-staff affinity group to build relationships with colleagues across campus
  • Reach out to CTRL to request a confidential consultation and get help responding to an intercultural conflict or inclusivity challenge in your class

Welcome HOME!

The Hub for Organizing, Multiculturalism and Equity (HOME) is intended to give everyone in the AU community a place on campus where they can be themselves and find acceptance. At the official opening, SG President Yamillet Payano said, "HOME is open to everyone. That way we can come together and socialize to learn and grow among those in our community here at American University." Students have been using the space regularly since it opened. The multicultural space can be accessed with an AU ID upon request.

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LGBTQ in the Workplace


On Being LGBTQ in the Workplace

5th annual LGBTQ in the workplace event invites alumni to share experiences, offer advice

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Gwen Sykes and Elida Sarmiento

On Campus

Conference Highlights Value of Women in Leadership Roles

SPA hosted the first Key Executive Women's Leadership Forum on April 11, bringing together more than 100 women in academia, business, and government.

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AU Students attend AL1GN conference last in March.

Student Life

Proud to Be First

AU’s first-generations students are proud of their identity and showing that together they can build the bridges first-generation students need to succeed.

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students dance at spring cultural festival


Six Pilot Projects Selected for Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grants

Each project will tackle the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at AU.

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