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Beyond Statements Toward Action: Maintaining the Antiracist Promise During the Anti-DEI Movement

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Post-George Floyd murder, universities pledged commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Amid anti-DEI movements, American University’s School of Education (AU SOE) maintains its antiracist commitment. Using a social-ecological change model, AU SOE has implemented antiracist policies and processes, integrated DEI into all academic programming, and empowered community members to drive change. Despite resistance and fear of backlash, AU SOE has diversified faculty, increased student enrollments, and provided resources for antiracism education. Storytelling has been used to shift narratives for transformative change.

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