Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity

News and Events

| Current Task Force Initiatives

Establish an enterprise-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education and Training program.

Utilize the expertise of task force member, Melody Russell, to review and recommend advanced DEI professional development opportunities throughout the university.

Increase recruitment and retention of African American students

  • Guarantee admission for valedictorians and salutatorians from accredited state of Alabama high schools with 50 or more students
  • Expand PLUS scholarship awards and the President’s Graduate Opportunity Fund
  • Direct at least 10 percent of scholarship funds for need-based aid

Presidential Statements

Update from President Gogue  (Aug. 28) 

2016 Auburn Climate Study

From the Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity:

In fall 2015, the institution launched its most comprehensive climate assessment process that focused on better understanding the lived experiences of all members of the Auburn Family. The implementation committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, originally identified   17 recommendations  to guide the institution’s future diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Today,  the Presidential Task Force on Opportunity and Equity is sharing the full results of the assessment to ensure that all members of our community have a holistic view of the recommendations that emerged. 

As we continue to identify a path forward for increased diversity, equity and inclusion at Auburn, we are using this document for historical context, particularly as we prepare to engage in a future climate assessment process. We are committed to the vigilant work required to improve our climate and thank each of you for your individual and collective contributions. 

Last updated: 09/23/2020