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

Bronte Burleigh-Jones headshot
October 26, 2021
This Eagle Soared and Came in for an AU Landing

Brontè Burleigh-Jones–a Kogod double alum–returns to 4400 Massachusetts Avenue as the new CFO for...

Stacy Merida headshot on AU's campus.
October 6, 2021
A More Equitable Future

Professor Stacy Merida, Kogod’s new assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, describes...

Kendra Abercrombie headshot
September 22, 2021
The Domino Effect

How one Kogod class helped alum Kendra Abercrombie find her passion and a role with Illinois’s...

Front of Kogod building
September 15, 2021
Kogod Celebrates Several New Rankings Among Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

Just in from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, QS, and US News and World Report: Kogod programs rank highly!

Damon Jones, CCO of Proctor & Gamble
April 8, 2021
Beyond Social Responsibility

CCO of Procter & Gamble discusses using advertising as a force for change.

Ani Khachikian (center)
March 11, 2021
Giving Back to DC

Kogod graduate student ambassador Ani Khachikian gives back to the DC community through her...

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.
American University flag

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 campus

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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