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

June 16, 2022
Do Well by Doing Good

How one Kogod School of Business MBA alumna drives equity through entrepreneurship.

May 16, 2022
To Stick with or Challenge the Status Quo?

Kogod School of Business alumna returns to her alma mater during commencement weekend to address...

May 11, 2022
Driving Innovation Through Diversity

Kogod alumna Kimberly Loving shares her DEI journey from MBA to executive leader and insights for...

May 10, 2022
Understanding Connections Between Language, Culture, and the Consumer

Recent Kogod School of Business MS in marketing graduate Kylah Williams will use her love of the...

May 10, 2022
Kogod's Race in the Marketplace Course Is Invaluable for All AU Students

Kogod School of Business students learn to think critically about cultures and the marketplace.

May 6, 2022
From Pay Gap to Pay Equity

Kogod School of Business MBA candidate Adeola Ajani cofounded Fem Equity in 2020 to eradicate the...

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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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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