SIS staff and grad students make up 45 percent of the nearly 40-person AU Connects facilitators team
AU Connects is a university-wide inclusion initiative with roots in SIS. This group of trained facilitators supports the campus community in engaging in challenging conversations related to race, equity, and inclusion.
- Debrief a race-related incident.
- Promote community building among a diverse team or organization.
- Develop skills in awareness-raising and ally-ship.
- Offer a space for a conversation about race/equity/inclusion that centers on participants’ own lived experiences.
Students in some SIS graduate programs hope to enter careers in which the facilitation of group processes is key. AU Connects facilitators benefit from a 2-day intensive training on facilitation in the context of race/ethnicity and by joining a community of on-going professional development. More importantly, these facilitators hone their facilitation skills by helping constituencies all around campus engage with each other to become more inclusive in everyday interactions.
The current SIS Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion has evolved from a body that began meeting in 2009 with an interest in creating a more inclusive environment for historically underrepresented students. Since then, events such as the Pre-Grad Days Lunch for Students of Color and the SIS Welcome Reception for Students of Color, First-Generation College Students, and Allies have become long-standing traditions at SIS. While many challenges remain, this body continues to keep diversity and inclusion goals front and center for the school.
Each year, the SIS Dean gives the advisory council a specific charge to focus its efforts in line with larger SIS and AU goals for the year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the council will work on creating a more inclusive community within SIS.
Current Members of the Advisory Council
- Rebecca Coughlin
- Maria de Jesus
- Marcelo Bohrt
- Terra Gargano
- Caleb Schmotter
- Nicole Coulanges
- Christine Gettings
- Analicia Carpio (graduate)
- Mikita Hill-Cashaw (undergraduate)