Diversity Council
Coordinating Efforts Across the University

Our Mission 

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.  

 

  • Providing a voice for AUP community members, especially those who are marginalized or underrepresented;  

  • Encouraging conversations that promote inclusivity and diversity;  

  • Offering a safe space for all. 

 

 

Our Mandate 

 

  • Promote knowledge, the development of skills, and institutional practices to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. 

  • Recommend strategic initiatives, programs, speakers, and other University activities to bring attention and focus to the analysis of systemic bias and discrimination. 

  • Liaise with the Office of Communications to coordinate and communicate initiatives being taken across the University community in an effort to create a culture of dialogue and learning around the multitude of differences that define our community.   

  • Liaise with the task force working on anti-bias training for faculty, staff, and students, ensuring this becomes a regular practice at AUP.  

  • Liaise with the Office of the Provost regarding the improvement of practices related to recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse faculty and staff.  

  • Liaise with the Admissions working group on Diversity and Inclusion to improve practices related to recruitment, retention, and support of students of color.   

  • Serve as trained advocates for students, faculty and staff who have experienced bias or discrimination, liaising with the appropriate University office (Student Development, Human Resources, Office of the Provost) to ensure a prompt and fair hearing and appropriate institutional responses; liaise with the Office of the President and the Office of Student Development to review, clarify, and improve grievance policies and procedures.  

  • Liaise with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (OIE) in order to analyze available data on institutional diversity. 

 

Creation and Composition of the Council 
  • The AUP Diversity Council members will consist of two faculty, two staff members, and two students.  Faculty and staff members will be elected for a term of two years by their peers after an open nomination (including self-nomination) process.   

  • In the first year of the Council’s establishment, the two student representatives will be appointed by consensus of the UGS and the GSC, while a process of amending the Student Constitution to include elected Diversity Officer positions is carried out.  Student members will be elected for one year, but may be re-elected for a second year.   

  • The AUP Diversity Council will nominate and elect a Council member to serve as chair. 

  • In the first year of the Council’s establishment, members will meet on a schedule of their own making, and will meet at least every two months with the President and Provost.   

  • The Diversity Council will begin its work by discussing and finalizing this draft charter. 

  • At the end of the first year of operations, an assessment of the Council’s composition, activities and effectiveness will take place in an effort to improve and modify its structure, charge, reach, and principal activities.   

 

Members of the Diversity Council 
Student representatives 

Krystel Nozier​ 

Junior Student in History, Law & Society​ 

Maura Partrick​ 

Graduate Student in MAIA​ 

Staff Representatives 

Alexis Dang​ 

Cultural Program Manager​ 

Jaime Chatfield​ 

Admissions Support Coordinator​ 

Faculty Representative

Michelle Kuo​ 

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for History, Law & Society​ 

Evelyn Odonkor​ 

Assistant Professor, IBA​ 

How to reach out to us 

We at the Diversity Council recognize the importance of having a safe space to speak about issues of discrimination and to discuss initiatives that aim to promote inclusivity and diversity.   

As part of our mission, we are dedicated to supporting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at AUP.  In addition to providing this support and assistance regarding discrimination, we are also looking forward to working with students, staff, and faculty on projects that can make AUP a more inclusive place.   

 

We are reachable by email at diversitycouncilataup.edu and you can also meet us on Teams by making an appointment on Libcal: https://aup.libcal.com/appointments/diversitycouncil   

 

  1st time slot  2nd time slot  DC members 
Monday  13h00-13h30  13h30-14h00  Michelle Kuo & Krystel Nozier 
Tuesday  16h00-16h30  16h30-17h00  Alexis Dang & Maura Partrick 
Wednesday  12h00-12h30  12h30-13h00  Jaime Chatfield & Alexis Dang 
Thursday  17h30-18h00  18h00-18h30  Evelyn Odonkor & Michelle Kuo 
Friday  09h00-09h30  09h30-10h00  Jaime Chatfield &Krystel Nozier 

 

AUP Guidance Counselors 

AUP's guidance counselors are also available for confidential mental health support and, in addition, can provide referrals to mental health specialists, including to Black therapists and therapists of color. 

 

How we can support you 

AUP policy prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. These values are affirmed by French law and Article 10, which ban expressions that incite discrimination, that propagate the idea of a superior race, and that spread hatred against specific groups.  

 

See AUP policy BP023EN - Non-Discrimination for clear standards, definitions, and descriptions of prohibited conduct. 

 

The Diversity Council is committed to work 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. 

The council can provide support if any member of the community wants to lodge a complaint or grievance without fear of prejudice or retaliation for initiating the process or for participating in its resolution.  

For students, see the Student Grievance Procedure page for more details on the possible options. 

AUP and Black Lives Matter  
Statement of Care 

The following memo was sent to the AUP community in July 2020. 

Dear Students of AUP, 

We, faculty and staff of AUP, have been following and participating in the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and debates taking place in the US, in France and around the world, as well as online. Some of our current and former Black students have shared stories of the discrimination, microaggressions, injustice and alienation they have experienced at AUP. Many feel erased – quite simply that Black lives don’t matter enough at AUP, in classrooms and curricula, in the ranks of faculty and administrative staff, and in meetings and conversations across campus. We recognize our responsibility for allowing this to happen at AUP. We have fallen short of showing everywhere and always that Black lives matter, that the lives of all people of color and all minoritized people matter. 

This is our promise to you: every one of us, in our various ways, will work hard to make sure that AUP does not just pride itself on its diversity and inclusivity but also lives up to that ambitious self-image. We commit to treating Black students and other students of color with respect and to welcoming them into our community with the same warmth and dignity as everyone else. We commit to double our efforts to fight racism and discrimination wherever it occurs, inside or outside the classroom, and to be there for Black students and other minoritized students whenever support is needed. 

Galvanized by the strength of Black leaders and mentors, including AUP students and alumni, we are working hard this summer to bring about real change at AUP. Here’s where we have started focusing our efforts: 

  • The creation of a Diversity Council composed of students, faculty and staff to lead our efforts and serve the community. It will provide support for anyone who has experienced discrimination or has observed such behavior and wishes to do something about it. The council will begin its work immediately this summer. 

  • Anti-racist and diversity training for faculty and staff. We are exploring the best ways to improve our ability to support and respect Black students and other students of color. 

  • Modifications to the curriculum. We are reviewing our course offerings across the curriculum and finding ways to highlight and amplify anti-racist voices in our teaching. 

  • Faculty hiring. We recognize the importance of having Black faculty and are working with the administration on long-term ways of rectifying this glaring absence. 

  • Opportunities for activism in France. We are strengthening our ties with anti-racist organizations in France to allow faculty and students to be more involved with activism locally. 

  • Scholarships. We are working with the Office of Admissions to find sustainable ways to fund more scholarships for Black students and other students of color. 

  • Black student representation. We are liaising with the student government to encourage and support initiatives for the distinctive representation of Black students. 

  • Communication. We are building sustainable platforms and expanding channels that can help us to communicate better about resources, initiatives and anti-racism support at AUP. We aim to facilitate constructive dialogue among all members of the AUP community. 

Our project is ambitious and ongoing. Communication with you, our students, is crucial in making these initiatives relevant and sustainable. Your professors, advisors and counselors are here for you. Please talk to us. We hope we can gain your trust enough for you to identify any issues you face and help us protect all of you from indignity and discomfort. We care, and we will act – by listening to you, by learning with you, and, crucially, by implementing concrete changes to address these issues, thereby making the University a better place for everyone. 

Signed by the faculty and staff of AUP 

 

 

Community Voices
By AUP students and alumni

Members of the AUP community frequently work on and write about issues related to racial and social justice. Below we have compiled a list of student organizations and articles related to these subjects. If you are an AUP student or alumna/us and want to add your work to the list, please contact communicationsataup.edu.

Student Organizations
  • Black and Abroad (AUP Engage and Instagram)
  • Diversity Club (AUP Engage and Instagram)
  • History, Law and Society Board 
  • Other organizations, including student publications, may work on activism. Search them all here.

You can contact Safia Benyahia (sbenyahiaataup.edu) or the Student Leadership Office (Student_leadershipataup.edu) if you need help getting in touch with one of these groups.

 
Articles by Students
 
Articles by Alumni

Resources
For the Community

Reporting an Incident

The University is committed to supporting community members who experience incidents of racism or bias. AUP policy prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. See AUP policy BP023EN - Non-Discrimination for clear standards, definitions, and descriptions of prohibited conduct.

All members of the community should be familiar with our grievance reporting procedure: https://www.aup.edu/student-life/support/student-grievance-procedure as well as the resources listed below.


SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY 

AUP Guidance Counselors

AUP's guidance counselors are also available for confidential mental health support and, in addition, can provide referrals to mental health specialists, including to Black therapists and therapists of color.

 

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. Write to diversitycouncilataup.edu.

 

Formal Complaints

Dean of Student Development (studentdevelopmentataup.edu)

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (provostataup.edu )

Below is a collection of resources related to racial justice and Black history and culture gathered by the faculty and staff of AUP.

Films, Shows and Videos
 
Readings: Books

 

Readings: Journals, Articles and E-books