Update Regarding Campus Safety


Student Affairs will host a town hall on preventing and reporting sexual assault on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Auditorium. Auburn University shared a statement reaffirming the creation and maintenance of a safe environment for our students will always be the highest priority for Auburn.


The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and disability status are safe, comfortable, and free to be themselves. We are working hand-in-hand with the university to achieve this goal. The university has multiple resources on and off campus for sexual assault survivors to contact, including Safe Harbor at 334-844-7233 and the Title IX Office at 334-844-4794.


Remembering Dr. Harold A. Franklin 


Dr. Harold A. Franklin was the first Black student to attend Auburn University in 1964.  He passed away on yesterday at the age of 88. Dr. Franklin was a pioneer and trailblazer and his presence marked an important inflection point in Auburn University’s diversity, equity and inclusion journey. The Cross Cultural Center for Excellence, within the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, supports 24 multicultural student organizations, one of which is named in honor of Dr. Harold A. Franklin. 


We honor the life and legacy of Dr. Harold A. Franklin for his contributions to our university. Read Auburn University’s official statement about the life and legacy of Dr. Harold A. Franklin at this link. 


War Eagle,

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton

Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

The primary focus of the Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence (CCCE) is to ease the social transition of underrepresented students to Auburn University. The CCCE provides programming and activities for student engagement, facilitating cross-cultural learning experiences where all students can engage in dialogue, develop leadership skills, and build collaborative relationships that will help them be effective in an increasingly global society. Though the focus of the CCCE is to support and celebrate specific affinity groups, including African American/Black, Asian American, American Indian/Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, International, LGBTQ+, and faith communities, all are welcome to participate in CCCE events, programs, and services.

Women’s Initiatives and Gender Equity represents the concerns of and supports all Auburn University women including faculty, staff, students and administrative and professional personnel. WIGE provides programming and strategically collaborates and guides efforts to facilitate the recruitment, hiring (for employees), retention, and professional development of women by addressing issues that affect personal well-being and professional needs of women across campus.

The primary focus of these efforts involves attending to Campus Climate issues for women through programming, research, advocacy, outreach, consultation, assessment, scholarship, and recommendations about policies and procedures to University officials. To best attend to Campus Climate issues for women, Women’s Initiatives is eager to discuss challenges and successes experienced by women across campus and those invested in supporting Auburn women.

With an increasingly diverse campus, workforce, and global economy, diversity, equity, and inclusion knowledge and skills is vital in order to maximize organizational performance, collaboration, innovation, and outcomes. The Office of Inclusion and Diversity provides education and consultative services to support Auburn University toward the most productive, vibrant, collaborative, and welcoming environment for all. We use research-informed strategy to address challenges at varying scales and contribute to the organizational learning and strategic goals of our campus.

We are proud of the collaborative and engaging diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of our partners across Auburn University including:

And many others!

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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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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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