The Office of Inclusion and Diversity supports an inclusive campus community. In this work, we provide education, programming, and campus-wide initiatives that fosters community and equity for gender, sexual, and romantic minority communities. These efforts include:

 

Comprehensive Campus Pride Index Effort

Improving Chosen Name and Personal Pronoun Process

Campus space for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Nashira Williams, Director of Women’s Initiatives and Gender Equity, at naw0038@auburn.edu.

Spectrum: Auburn University's Gay-Straight Alliance

Auburn University’s Gay-Straight Alliance is here to promote mutually supportive relationships among all students in the interest of advancing campus and community diversity.

Spectrum serves as a safe place for students who are part of gender, sexual, and romantic minorities (GSRMs), those who are still discovering themselves, and their allies to gather and discuss topics that relate to them, as well as establish an environment free from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression.

Learn more on AU Involve.

Critical Studies Working Group

The Critical Studies Working Group is a group of scholars at Auburn University committed to the critical analysis of education. Our critical analysis is centered on understanding cultural, institutional, and structural dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice, inequity, and oppression in education and schooling.

Learn more here.

Inclusive Excellence Fellow 2021-2022

Dr. Brandy Smith’s project as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow will center on expanding the availability and facilitators for Safe Zone education. She also will work on developing more education on mental health and underrepresented communities for Auburn University.

Contact Dr. Smith at bls0020@auburn.edu

COSAM LGBTQ+ Resources

COSAM OIED’s goal is to inspire everyone to take courageous steps towards all aspects of equity and inclusive excellence. We strive to make those on Auburn University’s campus feel comfortable and safe, so they can prosper and excel. Our mission to support equity and diversity is inspired by what we value, what we learn, and what we hope to create: a more inclusive environment for everyone to thrive within COSAM.

Contact Dr. Kimberly Mulligan-Guy, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at kxm0001@auburn.edu.

Spectrum

Auburn University's Gay-Straight Alliance

Spectrum serves as a safe place for students who are part of gender, sexual, and romantic minorities (GSRMs), those who are still discovering themselves, and their allies to gather and discuss topics that relate to them, as well as establish an environment free from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression. All are welcome, and all meetings are confidential! We have a strict privacy policy to make sure nobody is accidentally outed for their participation, meaning all photos and videos are strictly vetted and names are not made public without anyone’s permission.

Name and Pronouns

To honor agency and to create a more inclusive campus community, Auburn has provided guidance for individuals who indicate a desire to use a chose name. An update to the university’s Banner operating system includes new functionality that allows students, faculty and staff to indicate a preferred name and pronouns. Individuals interested in updating their records to reflect a chosen name or pronouns should visit the personal identification page.

This information can also be modified by visiting AU Access, clicking the self service button at the top of the screen, selecting the personal information tab, clicking name change information and following the instructions.

CHOSEN NAME AND PRONOUN PROCESS

Safe Zone

Safe Zone is an interactive, 4-hour training designed to help Auburn University work toward its goal of creating a safe space for all its Auburn family. It is designed specifically to educate faculty, staff, and students about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ students.

The training is offered multiple times a year through Human Resources Development (HRD), but trainings can be requested by departments, clubs, or organizations on campus. The training can also be broken down into two 2-hour blocks of time if needed. To find out when the next Safe Zone training is offered through HRD, check out the HRD website

Request Safe Zone Training