2019 Inclusive Excellence Staff Performance Awards

AU Connects Team

Nia Abram, Office of Enrollment
Danette Burgess, Office of Enrollment
Nicole Cannizzaro, Academic Support and Access Center
Bridget Cooney, Office of Finance & Treasurer
Rebecca Coughlin, School of International Service
Sabrina-Yvette d’Almeida, Office of Human Resources
Karin Edwards, Office of Dean of Students
Tara Flakker, School of Communication
Bess Hagos, Office of Enrollment
Stephanie House-Niamke, School of Education
Trevonne Homer, School of Communication
Gene Logan, AU Central
Michael MacEwen, Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Dawn McAvoy, Key Executive Leadership Programs
Belinda Peter, Office of Development & Alumni Relations
Rachel Sawyer, School of International Service
Caleb Schmotter, School of International Service
Nathan Slusher, Career Center
Leah Tasman, Office of Human Resources

In 2016 and 2017, American University leadership became acutely aware of the sharply different campus experiences of people of color. After much work to analyze the opportunities and challenges we face with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion, President Sylvia Burwell announced AU’s Plan for Inclusive Excellence.

Born out of this directive to create a more inclusive community, the recipients of the Inclusive Excellence Award created AU Connects, a grassroots, campus-wide effort to provide facilitators for small-group conversations about diversity and inclusion issues on AU’s campus and beyond.

AU Connects facilitators give of their time and dedication to create opportunities for AU community members to get to know themselves and each other in deep and meaningful ways. By helping people confront challenging issues, increase understanding, and build new relationships with each other, AU Connects is creating change and progress toward inclusive excellence at AU.

In recognition of their exceptional work and accomplishments, American University is pleased to present the volunteers of AU Connects with the 2019 Staff Performance Award for Inclusive Excellence.