It goes without saying that the remarkable women profiled in this publication demonstrate the determination, fortitude and tenacity that so often define Auburn students. Despite the changing public and political landscape over the past 125 years, our university’s commitment to excellence and success—particularly for Auburn women—has only strengthened.
Auburn women continue to break through the proverbial glass ceiling, redefining their roles with unprecedented accomplishments and extraordinary moments of triumph. As we pay tribute to the many Auburn women whose rich contributions have so eloquently influenced our institution, we also celebrate our current and future women who continue the fearless work of changing the world and living as an example to others.
As the university prepares future generations of Auburn students to live and work in a diverse society, it is imperative that we continue to cultivate a campus environment that champions these values. Every day at Auburn University brings with it new opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds and whose ideas, life experiences and perspectives differ from their own. Participating in these important conversations advances our campus and empowers all Auburn women and men to personify the shared values of respect, education, honesty and the human touch espoused in the Auburn Creed.
To advance this conversation, the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Provost’s Office launched a new speaker series this fall designed to promote dialogue and deepen perspectives around issues of civil discourse, free speech in higher education and intellectual diversity. The “Critical Conversations” series welcomes internationally recognized authors, scholars, journalists and thought-leaders to our campus to share their perspectives and advance understanding. By providing a framework for discussion, these speakers explore socially pressing and complex issues, including gender differences.
By Taffye Clayton
Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity