Dr. Fanta Aw is Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at American University in Washington D.C. The mission of the Office of Campus Life is to integrate students into a diverse learning community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual development; and, in collaboration with the faculty, prepare students for lifelong learning and global citizenship. Aw provides senior executive leadership for 15 departments in Campus Life. She has spent 25 years in higher education administration, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Campus Life.
Aw is responsible for leading, coordinating, monitoring, and assessing institutional work related to AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence. She works collaboratively with the vice presidents, provost, and deans to ensure institutional strategic goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are met. Aw serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and reports directly to the President. She advises university leadership on matters related to campus internationalization, issues of inclusion, diversity and equity, and student engagement.
Aw is also the School of International Service’s Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer; she teaches graduate courses related to immigration, internationalization of higher education, and international higher education policy. She is the 2013 recipient of the University Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position.
Aw served as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA, the largest membership association of international educators with close to 10,000 members. Aw has led workshops and training for numerous organizations, including the Department of State, the Institute of International Education, AMIDEAST, the College Board, and NAFSA.
Aw has been interviewed by major global media outlets including CNN, Agence France Press, USA Today, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, National Public Radio, Middle East Broadcast Corporation, Future TV Beirut, Voice of America, Washington Business Journal, WAMU, Radio France International, Channel 9 CBS, Tajikistan TV, KSA2 -Saudi Arabian, English-language TV, Washington Diplomat, Sichuan TV, Chengdu TV, Sichuan Daily, Chengdu Daily, Huaxi Daily, Chengdu Commercial Daily, Chengdu Evening Daily, Xinhua News, China News Service, Guangdong TV, Guanzhou TV, Guanzhou Daily, and China Daily.