Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton Statement on Juneteenth

Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is the unofficial end to slavery in America. It is a day of celebration and remembrance across the country. And today, with this momentous demonstration of unity and equity, President Joe Biden signed a bill recognizing Juneteenth as an official US federal holiday and making June 19th forever known as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

This historic moment acknowledges the significance of Juneteenth and demonstrates the value of persevering through uncertainty and continuing to right the wrongs of our past.

Let’s keep this momentum going.

Each June, we celebrate Pride Month!

Pride Month annually coincides with the Stonewall Uprising of June 28, 1969, a catalytic event toward advancing LGBTQ+ rights. Pride Month is rooted in the acceptance and celebration of the full spectrum of diversity and promotes self-affirmation, dignity and equality of the LGBTQ+ community.

We encourage you to participate in Pride Month by engaging in learning experiences and celebrations within and beyond campus. You can learn more about LGBTQ+ voices and groups across campus by engaging with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity’s social media and webpage. Additionally, the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in the College of Sciences and Mathematics has developed excellent resources on the pride movement and LGBTQ+ culture. We also encourage finding opportunities to connect with the important work of Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity recognizes the historic impact of LGBTQ+ individuals, advocates and allies. Auburn is committed to fostering a community where all can thrive.

We invite you to celebrate love and uplift diversity, equity and inclusion.

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OID News & Events

Auburn University MANRRS graduate student, Tallassee twins win big in national contest highlighting importance of diversity and inclusion

Student leaders in Auburn University’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, or MANRRS, chapter were honored recently for their entries in three components of the nonprofit organization’s national contest.

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Meyer conducting research surrounding diversity and inclusion within the aviation industry

Following a lifetime of interest in aviation, Alan Meyer is currently conducting research surrounding diversity and inclusion within the industry. Meyer is an associate professor at Auburn University who teaches history of technology and aviation history. He has acquired an array of experiences from earning a pilot’s license at 18-years-old to serving with the Green Berets.

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Auburn University awarded $1.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to broaden student participation in biomedical sciences

Auburn University has been awarded a prestigious $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to broaden participation in the sciences for traditionally underrepresented students and diversify the pool of scientists earning doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences.

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Alumni Spotlight: Tracy Awino, NYC-based photographer and 2017 journalism graduate

Tracy Awino, a 2017 Auburn University journalism graduate, is currently a professional photographer based out of New York City. Her impressive portfolio includes notable clients such as Keenan Thompson, Ben Affleck, Pop Smoke, Kaash Paige, Logan Browning, and companies like Reebok, and Adidas.

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Distinguished alum Kenneth Kelly offers encouragement, words of wisdom to graduates at Auburn’s spring commencement

Auburn University alumnus Kenneth Kelly helped his alma mater kick off its spring commencement weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium Friday night with a call for graduates to reach high as they embark on their next journey.

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National champion Kimeli has big plans for career on, off track

National Champion Joyce Kimeli has big plans for her career on & off the track, and wants to help others as a nurse while she chases her Olympic dreams

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Auburn University dedicates campus residence hall in honor of trailblazer Bessie Mae Holloway

Auburn University honored one of its most esteemed alumni at a dedication ceremony for the Bessie Mae Holloway Hall in the Village area of campus.

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Auburn freshman Evins poised for dynamic college experience on the Plains

Donovan Evins is not your typical college freshman.

The 18-year-old Meridian, Mississippi, native arrived at Auburn University last fall full of hope, promise and big goals, and he has hit the ground running on the Plains.

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Auburn University’s Clayton pens article about diversity, equity and inclusion for ‘Higher Education Today’

Auburn University’s Taffye Benson Clayton, vice president and associate provost for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID, was recently featured by the American Council on Education.

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Auburn Dedicates Campus Residence Hall

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