Dr. Fanta Aw serves as Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life, and Inclusive Excellence. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the university's coordinated efforts to recruit, enroll, and support undergraduate students, and to provide services and supports that help students to thrive throughout their AU career.
About the Offices
- Undergraduate Enrollment consists of four units working together to serve prospective, incoming, and continuing undergraduates. These areas include Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Operations, and Enrollment Marketing and Communications (including the Admissions Welcome Center).
Campus Life consists of 14 units that focus on the breadth and depth of the co-curricular student experience: Center for Community Engagement and Service; Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Center for Student Involvement; Counseling Center; Dean of Students; Health Promotion and Advocacy Center; Housing and Residence Life; International Student and Scholar Services; Kay Spiritual Life Center; New Student and Family Programs; Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services; the University Center; and the Vice President's team, including communications and data analytics.
Inclusive Excellence initiatives are integrated throughout the institutional fabric of American University. VP Aw leads cross-campus efforts around inclusive excellence along with Dr. Amanda Taylor, Assistant VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and in collaboration with the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
About Vice President Fanta Aw
Dr. Fanta Aw is a triple Eagle, with three degrees from American University: BSc in Accounting, MA in Public Administration with a focus on Organizational Development, and Ph.D. in Sociology with focus on Social Stratification, Transnational Migration and International Education. Her research focuses on the political economy of international education; transnational migration and diaspora communities; and race relations.
With 30 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Aw advises AU leadership on matters related to student engagement; diversity equity, and inclusion; and campus internationalization. She is also the School of International Service’s Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer, and has taught graduate courses related to immigration, internationalization of higher education, and international higher education policy. She is the 2013 recipient of the University Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position. Dr. Aw is past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the largest membership association of international educators, with close to 10,000 members.
Dr. Aw is also a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to US immigration, diversity and inclusion in higher education, and international educational exchanges. She has been interviewed by major global media outlets including ABC World News Tonight, Africa Today TV, Agence France-Presse, Australian Broadcast Corporation, China Daily, China News Service, Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, Middle East Broadcast Corporation; National Public Radio (NPR), New York Times, USA Today, Voice of America, WAMU, Washington Business Journal, Washington Diplomat, and Washington Post.