- AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence announced in January. Funded with a $121 million investment over the next two years.
- Fanta Aw appointed as Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence.
- President Burwell signs on to Excelencia's Presidents for Latino Student Success Initiative.
President Sylvia M. Burwell announces American University's Plan for Inclusive Excellence and discusses the opportunities and challenges the university faces with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- American University Experience (AUx), a set of two required transition courses, is rolled out to all first-year students in academic year 2018-2019
- The first pilot of AUx1, which launched last year, had a retention rate of 98%
- University-wide discussions on implementing additional courses related to diversity and inclusion into the AU Core begin
- A new African-American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) major launches within the College of Arts and Sciences
- The program examines African American history and culture in the U.S. in the context of contemporary and historical African cultures, theories of racial ideology and race politics, and the distinctive artistic, literary, and cultural practices of African people worldwide
- The program is offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Collaborative, a vibrant and inclusive community that explores diverse voices, histories, and experiences through socially-engaged scholarship
- Ibram X. Kendi, best-selling author and award-winning historian, is announced as the founding director of AU's new Antiracist Research and Policy Center
- The Center will bring together teams of faculty and student researchers to conduct cutting-edge, intersectional, and interdisciplinary research of racial inequality and discrimination of a national and international scope
- AU believes the Center will serve as a global leader for anti-racist research and policymaking
- PCDI provides input on the Undergraduate Campus Climate Survey to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
- Revisions to survey are made to gather more comprehensive data from current undergraduate students regarding diversity and inclusion on campus
Learn more 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.
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.
5th annual LGBTQ in the workplace event invites alumni to share experiences, offer advice
SPA hosted the first Key Executive Women's Leadership Forum on April 11, bringing together more than 100 women in academia, business, and government.
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.
Each project will tackle the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at AU.