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Collage of IE leaders including 总统 Sylvia Burwell, 芬达啊, Amanda Taylor, the 总统’s Council on 多样性 and 包容 and others.

Learning for and Leading toward an Equitable World

American University was founded to respond to the needs of a changing world, with a set of guiding values—among them diversity, 股本, and inclusion. AU cannot be excellent without being truly inclusive, and without taking the concrete, specific steps to improve our campus climate.

In 2017 American University embarked on a journey toward inclusive excellence, with these words as our guiding beacon. Born from the need to address sharp underlying differences in the campus experiences of people of color compared to their white counterparts, and a responsibility to learn from, and not replicate, the inequities of our past and present, the plan has been our roadmap to a more equitable future.

Phase Two Plan

The plan includes updated goals, action steps, and data that will inform the university’s work.

Full Plan (PDF)

Phase One: The Foundation

Based on analyses of campus survey data, external consultations, and meetings with more than 1,000 community members, and using the Association of American College and Universities’ Inclusive Excellence as a framework, the first stage of the plan taught us how to listen, and how best to act.

We began infusing diversity, 股本, and inclusion at strategic, 战术, and operational levels of the university. The result was a strong foundation of early progress, including more inclusive policies and equitable practices, honest assessments of the challenges we face, and programs to increase all community members’ sense of belonging.

Phase Two: Advancing Racial Equity 

From increasing access to educational opportunity to building an antiracist community that fosters innovation, the next phase of Inclusive Excellence will build on the sustainable foundation of the last two years. With an enhanced focus on advancing racial 股本 and a clearly defined accountability structure, we will continue to make strides toward a more just community—and world.

Years 3-5: 目标 and 行动

Throughout the next stage of the plan, we are pursuing action items and concrete tactics, situated across five overarching goals, that prioritize advancing racial 股本 and extending inclusive excellence to our mission of building knowledge and ideas through scholarship, 研究, and creative works.


Measuring Progress

The phase two plan includes key metrics to measure progress against our goals. By 2023:

  • 80% of senior administrators, 教师, 工作人员, 学生, and alumni leaders engaged in IE training will report learning something they can use to be more inclusive in their everyday work

  • 至少 70% of 学生, 教师, and 工作人员 will feel that AU is committed to creating 一个校园 where everyone has a sense of belonging

  • 至少 65% of 学生, 教师, and 工作人员 will report that AU is committed to combatting discrimination and bias

请参阅 附录 for more metrics.

What's Next for Inclusive Excellence

The first 11 AU District Scholars join the Class of 2024.

District Scholars: Second Cohort

非盟将 continue providing full scholarships to high-achieving 学生 from the 华盛顿, DC, area with significant financial need.

AU College of Arts & 科学 professor Kiho Kim leading a 教师 training

AU Inclusive Pedagogy Academy

This multi-part series will support AU 教师 in developing and applying inclusive teaching strategies.

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AU Supplier 多样性 Program

非盟将 build a process to support sustainable and minority- and women-owned businesses in our vendor selection.