Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A just world is a diverse, equitable, and inclusive one—including the world of business. Innovation cannot occur without diversity of thought, culture, and background, and innovation is at the core of what we do.
Diversity of people means diversity of thought.
Diversity goes beyond race, gender, and ethnicity. The differences in our ages, experiences, abilities, sexual orientations, religions, educations, and more lead to a diversity of thought that is critical not only to a business's success but to the health and happiness of everyone in its community.
Everyone deserves access and opportunity.
Equity means ensuring that everyone in our community has equal access and opportunity. By listening to marginalized groups and understanding why and where inequity exists, we can tear down the barriers that have prevented equal participation and build stronger organizations where everyone can thrive.
Inclusion leads to innovation.
People are the most important part of an organization. For everyone to contribute their best, they must feel included, supported, and respected. When people with different experiences and perspectives feel valued, they provide ideas and feedback that lead to greater innovation and success.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Kogod News
Kogod School of Business alumna returns to her alma mater during commencement weekend to address...
Kogod alumna Kimberly Loving shares her DEI journey from MBA to executive leader and insights for...
Recent Kogod School of Business MS in marketing graduate Kylah Williams will use her love of the...
Kogod School of Business students learn to think critically about cultures and the marketplace.
Kogod School of Business MBA candidate Adeola Ajani cofounded Fem Equity in 2020 to eradicate the...
Kogod School of Business MBA student Janaya Reid discusses the importance of gender and race...
As part of the Antiracism in the Marketplace series, co-hosted by Kogod and AU's Antiracist Research and Policy Center, Damon Jones, chief communications officer at Procter & Gamble, discusses using advertising as a force for change.
American University's Plan for Inclusive Excellence
American University was founded to respond to the needs of a changing world, with a set of guiding values—among them diversity, equity, and inclusion. AU cannot be excellent without being truly inclusive, and without taking the concrete, specific steps to improve our campus climate.
American University Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) works to advance American University's commitment to respecting and valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison for students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy.
Kogod marketing professor Sonya Grier explains why, despite the increasing diversity among America’s college students, business school professors remain overwhelmingly white.