Antioch University Seattle is a supportive community full of people doing extraordinary things for one another and for society. We celebrate this work in a variety of ways, from community action and partnerships to formal awards to small, informal expressions of gratitude and individualized support. Our commitment to diversity is an expression of our institutional mission, and therefore it is the task of every office, every employee, and every class we teach to uphold that commitment. At AUS, we believe in an inclusive and intersectional approach to social justice that touches every aspect of the student experience.
AUS is committed to building an inclusive and sustainable community. We continuously promote equity to the AUS community by administering activities, programs, and workshops to promote institutional awareness of and commitment to faculty diversity goals.
Our work spans social justice, diversity, environmental issues, and community building. Our initiatives focus on 1) student learning and growth, 2) institutional practices, 3) campus culture and climate, and 4) the community. We offer:
- Student Life Overviews/ Consultation
- Leadership in Diversity Training
- Student Advising
- Connections to Mentorship
- Community Outreach Technical Support
- Speakers Bureau
- Affinity Group Support
- Multicultural Awareness and Inclusion
Through our diversity services, we promote educational and cultural enrichment programming and activities for all of its students, while at the same time, increasing cross-cultural understanding for the University community. We research best practices in diversity and use those findings to inform university decisions regarding faculty development, hiring, admissions, and everything we do that sustains an inclusive campus environment.
We develop innovative programs and communications strategies to promote inclusion and diversity and assesses the outcomes of those initiatives with a particular focus on their impact as related to recruitment and retention.
We also coordinate cultural awareness programs and assist in the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives for the campus community. We provide outreach to local and regional leaders, individuals and groups within diverse cultures.
Erica C. Holmes, Ed.D.
Office: (206) 268-4422
The Diversity Council enhances our institutional capacity to develop and implement effective diversity work across the campus. The Council recommends strategic initiatives for achieving diversity and inclusion goals, assesses the progress towards these goals, and works collaboratively across the campus to carry out the diversity plan. The council will consistent of 10 members inclusive of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.