The American University of Paris proudly embraces the annual celebration of Black History Month with exciting events and initiatives, reflecting our commitment to diversity, global perspectives, and cultural understanding. Join us as we honor and learn from the myriad contributions of black individuals to history, culture, society and beyond. Our vibrant student body, hailing from all corners of the globe, takes the lead in organizing a wide range of activities that are not only educational but also deeply engaging. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. 

This year, the spotlight also shines on a stunning exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery in the Combes Student Life Center. The exhibition is thoughtfully curated by AUP alumna Aaliyah Heath G'18. Read more about her movement and the exhibition in our feature article below. Be sure to stop by and peruse the stunning artwork yourself!

Throughout the month, we will feature and showcase black voices and stories through the institution's channels and in person across the campus, thus fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of the diverse narratives that shape our world. At AUP, it is not just an event; it is a manifestation of our ethos as a global learning community of curious, passionate individuals dedicated to nurturing cross-cultural dialogue and awareness.

Header image photo credit: Aris Theotokatos

An Ode to Blackness...Everywhere - Group Exhibition

On February 1st, AUP celebrated the opening of "An Ode to Blackness...Everywhere," a diverse collection of artwork that pays homage to the richness and diversity of black culture, curated by Aalyiah Heath G'18. From thought-provoking paintings to mesmerizing images, this group exhibition promises to inspire and ignite conversations. 

Selected Works by the AUP Library

Explore the curated selection of books and movies that celebrate Black voices around the globe. Learn more here.


Black and Abroad

The mission of Black and Abroad is to create and establish a sense of community for all Black students attending the The American University of Paris (AUP). Our purpose is to provide a safe space exclusively for Black identifying students of African descent. The main objectives are to educate, advocate, and represent the Black student population at AUP.

Our club consists of weekly closed meetings and open public events. 

Learn more about Black and Abroad on Engage


Black Alumni at AUP

In partnership with the University, the mission of Black Alumni at AUP is to provide resources, create opportunities, and support those who experience discrimination and racial injustice. As citizens of the world, our humanity binds us to the cause of “bridging the gap of narrow nationalisms” and shaping a better future for a new generation.   

The Diversity Council

The Diversity Council supports a culture of ever-greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at AUP. It functions as an advisory council and recommending body to the President and Provost, as a liaison to departments across the University, and as an advocate for all members of the AUP community who feel they have experienced bias or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.