Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A Message from Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton
Taffye Benson Clayton

"At Auburn, we appreciate diversity as a strength and are committed to expanding equity and inclusion for all. Your university leaders have been collaborating together to achieve our DEI objectives. We are eager to share progress with you and keep you updated on our journey as we promote a vision of belonging in which everyone is a welcomed and valued member of the Auburn Family. We know we can maximize our university's potential through this steadfast dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion which will create opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to flourish and become leaders who change the world."

- Taffye Benson Clayton
Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn

Auburn Campus Climate Survey

In Spring 2021, Auburn built on its previous climate study to gain a better understanding of the lived experiences of current students. These results will inform the practices of our campus toward improving the student experience. We are also fielding a 2022 climate study that will include students, faculty and staff. These insights and feedback from our community will help inform Auburn’s plans of how we expand our tent of inclusion and support a culture of belonging across campus. Results of the 2021 student study and more information on the upcoming 2022 study will be made available mid-Fall 2021.

Learn more about:
The 2022 Campus Climate Study (coming soon)
The 2021 Student Campus Climate Study Key Findings (coming soon)
The 2016 Campus Climate Study Key Findings

DEI Strategy Overview

Auburn has compiled its five-year strategic plan with those from across its colleges, the Presidential Task Force for Equity and Opportunity and Office of Inclusion and Diversity into one comprehensive plan with key goals that work to create a campus that is equitable and works for students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. Auburn intends to place a heavy focus on recruitment and retention that creates a robust and diverse enrollment, as well as ensure students from underrepresented backgrounds have the tools and support they need to succeed at Auburn.

Auburn DEI Strategy Overview

Auburn University Diversity Statement

Diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice are important values at Auburn University.

Auburn University will proactively work to eliminate barriers facing underrepresented community members and commit to sustaining and supporting diversity in all its forms including those based on life experience, gender, sex, nationality, race, identity, ethnicity, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, disability, neurodiversity, and religion. Auburn will actively cultivate a community where all members are valued, respected and can thrive personally and professionally. Auburn will invest substantial resources to increase the number of underrepresented groups in all facets of the University to include staff, students, faculty, vendors, partners and those who offer voluntary service.

Auburn will measure its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through ongoing assessment and evaluation of activities and individual and collective actions as reflected in practices, procedures, programs, relationships, behaviors and campus culture.

Presidential Task Force for
Opportunity and Equity Progress Updates

The four subcommittees of the Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity have made recommendations to address disparities in recruitment and retention, as well as the implementation of a campus-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education program. Read more about the Task Force’s progress here.


Task Force Progress

Auburn demographics for studentbody, faculty, staff and alumni

Across the state, America, and the world
  • All 67 Alabama counties represented in student body

  • Student population includes students from all 50 states and 121 countries

  • 8.1% of the total student population is international

Demographic data as of 2020

Race/Ethnicity of Students
77.4% - White
5.3% - Black or African American
3.6% - Hispanic
2.4% - Asian
11.3% - Unspecified
50.3% - Male
49.7% - Female
Race/Ethnicityof Alumni
78.3% - White or Caucasian
4.3% - Black or African American
2.9% - Asian
1% - Hispanic
13.5% - Unspecified
53.6% - Male
46.4% - Female
Race/Ethnicityof Faculty
73.2% - White
10.8% - Asian
4.6% - Black
4.3% - Hispanic
7.1% - Unspecified
59% - Male
41% - Female
Race/Ethnicityof Staff
79.4% - White
14.3% - Black
1.8% - Hispanic
1.6% - Asian
2.9% - Unspecified
57% - Female
43% - Male

Auburn's Historical Progress

Auburn is dedicated to strengthening its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This historical timeline highlights some of the milestones since our founding as a land-grant institution, as we work toward the ideal environment for everyone in the Auburn Family.

Last updated: January 20, 2022