Office of Inclusion and Diversity Mission and Goals

Mission

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity supports the mission, values, academic endeavors, and strategic priorities of Auburn University by empowering diversity, fostering partnerships, increasing access, and enriching the learning, living, and working environments for all. Mission-driven and data-informed strategy, practices, and consultation are foundational to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Auburn University.

Goals

  • The Office of Inclusion and Diversity advances initiatives that sustain and supports diversity in all its forms for all members of the Auburn Family.

  • The Office of Inclusion and Diversity fosters belonging through active inclusion by fostering an environment where all members are valued, respected, and can thrive.

  • The Office of Inclusion and Diversity advances Auburn University’s pursuit of excellence through equity-minded and data-informed initiatives to ensure all members of the community have access and support to achieve their goals.

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.