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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Supporting Diversity

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

July 10, 2024
Alumna Aims to Boost Diversity in Motorsport After Trailblazing Rally Career

Kogod School of Business alum doubles down on championship-winning run as rally driver with a new...

July 3, 2024
Kogod School of Business Student and Professor Team Up to Examine Racial Inequities in the US and South Africa

Student-faculty research collaboration culminates in a presentation at a prestigious marketing and...

February 29, 2024
Kogod School of Business Receives Insight Into Diversity Magazine’s 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award

National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in...

January 11, 2024
Cultivating a Culture of Diversity Through Business and Law

Kogod School of Business alumnus Nicholas Park strives to create cross-cultural understanding in...

September 13, 2023
Data-Driven Organizational Diversity

Kogod School of Business professor of management Chen Tang uses his analytics expertise to promote...

August 25, 2023
A Deep Dive into Tech-Driven Consumer Behavior

Kogod School of Business explores social impact and ethical considerations in marketing with new...

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Beyond Social Responsibility

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.

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At Kogod, we practice what we teach.
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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.

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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. 

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Why Business School Efforts to Recruit More Diverse Faculties Are Failing

Kogod marketing professor Sonya Grier explains why, despite the increasing diversity among America’s college students, business school professors remain overwhelmingly white.

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