Office of Inclusion and Diversity Mission and Goals

Mission

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity serves as a vital resource for building unity, equity and inclusion in the Auburn University community.

Goals

  • Create, promote, and encourage a supportive and friendly campus environment that is welcoming and attractive to people of all races, ethnicity, nationalities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, and those with disabilities. (SDP Goal 1)

  • Assist Auburn University in its efforts to recruit and retain minority and women faculty, students, and staff at all levels. (SDP Goal 2)

  • Develop and strengthen alliances with external communities to support diversity in and outside of Auburn University. (SDP Goal 4)

  • Develop efforts that enhance external support for diversity programs and scholarships. (SDP Goal 1,2)

  • Foster a community that values diversity through educational and training programs. (SDP Goal 3)

  • Regularly monitor and assess Auburn University’s diversity efforts for effectiveness, identify new and better “best practices” for success, and publish reports for dissemination. (SDP Goal 1,5)

Office of Inclusion and Diversity Pillars of Practice

The professionals in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) are committed to supporting and collaborating with all members of the Auburn community. OID uses the range of subject matter expertise within the unit to provide strategic insight to individuals and units striving toward diversity, equity, and inclusion informed goals and outcomes. Additionally, OID collaborates and supports faculty, staff, and other units toward external funding for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts including identifying sources, reviewing proposals, and other related activities. This pillar includes opt-in formal consultative relationships, informal advisory relationships, strategic planning support, and crisis response.

Developing professional competency for engaging across difference is a hallmark of thriving organizations. To actualize the benefits of diversity, OID offers opportunities to equip the campus community with the necessary awareness, knowledge and skills to cultivate inclusive learning, living, and working environments. This pillar includes learning and engagement efforts that advance the knowledge, skills, and awareness of faculty, staff, and students at Auburn University.

Equity and Inclusive Excellence Programs are responsive efforts that address gaps in opportunity and equity at Auburn University. These efforts are shaped from a close review and evaluation of institutional data and informed by other relevant context toward the implementation of evidence-based practices. This pillar includes student engagement, academic support, faculty success efforts, and leadership development for underserved communities.

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity supports the goals of Auburn University by utilizing data to inform evidence-based practices within OID and across the campus at large. In collaboration with campus partners, we improve the clarity and usage of qualitative and quantitative data to benchmark, track, and evaluate strategies that make Auburn a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus. This pillar includes supporting and cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion related reports, data practices, surveys, and other activities that informs the gathering, processing, and evaluating of opportunities and outcomes.