Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism at AU SOE
The faculty, staff, and students of the School of Education (SOE) at American University are committed to cultivating a vibrant and richly diverse, inclusive, equitable, and antiracist learning community. In declaring our vision of becoming an antiracist learning community, we define antiracism as follows:
Antiracism is an active process that requires an everyday commitment to analyzing self, systems, mindsets, ideologies, practices, and policies to dismantle White supremacy and anti-Blackness. Antiracist beliefs and practices fundamentally point us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. It is an everyday commitment to:
- disrupt ideas/policies/practices/institutions/structures/relationships that (re)produce inequities in access, opportunity, perceived deservedness, legitimacy, safety, and life-expectancy based on race and;
- actively transform institutions and ways of being/doing/thinking/celebrating/loving that honor the full flourishing and non-negotiable humanity of all people.
- engage faculty, staff, and students around history, critical self-awareness, and community involvement.
Meet SOE’s Antiracist Pedagogy Scholar
As the Antiracist Pedagogy Scholar, Dr. Fisher facilitates faculty learning opportunities and activities pertaining to the development of SOE’s Faculty Antiracist Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Dr. Fisher is the CEO & Founder of The BEE FREE Woman and Developing Capacity Coaching, LLC, she coaches individuals and teams to use conscious leadership as a tool for inner healing and advancing equity. As an Antiracist Pedagogy Scholar at American University, she also coordinates the executive coaching program for the Education Policy and Leadership doctoral program and teaches Exercising Conscious Leadership.
The SOE Ad-Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) aim to strengthen the mission and vision of the School of Education by focusing attention on issues of access, inclusive practices, equity, and diversity. The committee will work in concert with AU’s Inclusive Excellence Plan. Special attention is given to integrating culturally responsive and anti-racist pedagogies across programs, particularly teacher and leader preparation. The committee consults with program faculty to design, implement, and evaluate formalized activities that explicitly address equity issues across all parts of the School, including admissions, clinical practice, teaching, research, and service. An overall goal of the committee is to enhance the School’s ability to be a welcoming and supportive environment in which all students, staff, and faculty members thrive.
The following individuals serve on the SOE Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
- Dr. Traci Dennis, Chair
- Mr. Jim Albright
- Mr. Anselm Beach
- Dr. Corbin Campbell
- Dr. Samantha Cohen
- Dr. Toks Fashola
- Dr. Reuben Jacobson
- Dr. Emily Morris
- Dr. Joshua Schuschke
- Dr. Robert Simmons
- Ms. Danielle Sodani
- Dr. Tracy Spesia
Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Associate Dean Corbin Campbell, and Professorial Lecturer Traci Dennis featured in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education's article, AU’s School of Education Implements Initiatives to Foster Antiracist Environment.
Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice
The annual American University School of Education Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) was developed to provide professional development opportunities for community members, particularly educators, who want to learn promising practices that lead to equitable educational outcomes for underserved students, families, and communities.
Sessions are designed to change both mindsets and practices. The overall goal of SIEEJ is to build a community of practice singularly focused on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the lives of young people of color and the communities in which they live.