April 20, 2016

Following months of discussion with members of the Auburn Family, the University is pleased to share the results of its most comprehensive Climate Study on Inclusion, Equity and Diversity.

Launched in fall 2015, the Study identified key areas of opportunity for the University and establishes an important baseline for measuring our efforts to cultivate a more inclusive and diverse campus. Findings from the study suggest that, while Auburn has much to be proud of, we have a responsibility to proactively respond to the concerns of our students, faculty and staff.

Concerns communicated include the need for a more strategic emphasis on funding and resources for scholarships and salaries, the University's organizational and structural processes and associated barriers, the need for a more inclusive curriculum and enhanced professional development opportunities, and the University's approaches to recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, faculty and staff.

Understanding these concerns and the need for action, our goal is clear: Auburn will strengthen its role as an institution that embraces unity, inclusion, and diversity throughout our intellectual, cultural and institutional approaches. Accomplishing this requires the steadfast commitment from every member of the Auburn Family to embrace this ideal as we move forward—together.

The following recommendations reflect varying degrees of organizational structure, resource requirements, and time commitments required to successfully implement. While many of these action steps can be easily accomplished in the next 3-6 months, others will require the creation of new committees and call for adjustments to many of our existing policies and procedures.

You can support Auburn's efforts.

  1. Read the report.
  2. Discuss it with your peers and colleagues.
  3. Keep the conversation going and share your experiences #AUTogether.