Message to the Auburn Family on the importance of inclusion and diversity


Auburn University is guided by a set of core values that serve as a foundation for excellence in instruction, discovery, and service to the state of Alabama and beyond. At the heart of Auburn’s land-grant mission is our unwavering commitment to fostering a campus that upholds the principles of inclusion and diversity across all aspects of the institution.

It is our responsibility to provide opportunities for all members of our campus to engage in an academic community that celebrates and respects a broad range of ideas and perspectives. This commitment to inclusion and diversity means that we must remain committed to the tenets of academic freedom, including balancing the right of free speech with the vital practice of civil discourse and constructive engagement regarding diverse perspectives.

When our interactions and perspectives conflict with one another, we all share the responsibility of safeguarding our campus and ensuring our values of respect, dignity, and safety are upheld. It is during these times that we should model the type of inclusive environment we desire to have, even when others may not, and collectively respond to offensive speech with dialogue and behavior that is inclusive, respectful, and espouses the Auburn Creed.

There are many campus resources available to support members of our community who want to engage in the dialogue surrounding inclusion and diversity. The Center for Cross Cultural Excellence provides a space where students can gather, discuss and decompress when managing the magnitude of information of this type. Students and employees can also engage with any of the professional staff in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, as well as the University Ombuds. These units are here to support students, faculty and staff as they navigate this complex terrain and provide opportunities for continuing dialogue.

Our efforts to reinforce the values of inclusion and diversity across all aspects of Auburn’s campus remain at the forefront of our work, and we thank you for your continued support.


Timothy R. Boosinger,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Taffye Benson Clayton
Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity

Last updated: 04/13/2017