AUSG President Taylor Dumpson moderated a town hall yesterday afternoon to bring together the American University community in planning attainable action steps in response to the hate crime on Monday. The following is a summary of points that were raised by the community during the meeting, which President Dumpson plans to work with the university on in the upcoming weeks.

  • Public safety patrols at night
  • Strategically targeted alumni donations
  • Increased access to administrators for all students, not just student leaders
  • Increased campus security (specifically the number of cameras)
  • Individualized resources and spaces on campus for minority groups
  • Accountability for public safety regarding a special online presence for students of color and increased transparency surrounding training and practices
  • How to reach a wider audience of students regarding community conversations on race
  • Increased representation within faculty
  • Improving current AUx rollout and curriculum
    • Follow up built into AUx for sophomores and juniors
  • Required structural racism training during Welcome Week and new student orientation
  • Review the Training Processes for Faculty/Staff in relations to racism and inclusion  
  • Utilizing Alumni
  • Utilizing the classroom to teach structural racism
  • Collaboration amongst the Intercultural Greek Collective, the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, and the Council of Professional Greek Organizations
  • Collaborating with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Reviewing general curriculum (i.e. what are specific university departments doing to bring inclusion into the classroom)
  • Protecting students from hate crimes committed by people outside the university community
  • Communications with incoming President Burwell
  • Accessibility to reporting channels and services
  • Bias-related incidents as a stand alone violation
  • Consistent AU Alert procedure for hate crimes
  • Increased disclosure on case info and resulting sanctions
  • Regular reporting of bias-related incidents from the Office of Campus Life
  • More information on the staff and faculty adjudication system
  • Increased information about consequences for perpetrators
  • More information on the procedure for non-student perpetrators (including students from other campuses)