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Fanta Aw Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Fanta Aw

Dr. Fanta Aw is Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence at American University in Washington D.C. She provides strategic direction to the Office of Enrollment, Office of Campus Life, and AU’s work on Inclusive Excellence.

Dr. Aw provides senior executive leadership for the departments of Campus Life (including residential life, health and counseling services, community engagement, and new student and family programs) and Undergraduate Enrollment (admissions, enrollment marketing, financial aid, and operations). She also advises American University leadership on matters related to issues of inclusion, diversity and equity, campus internationalization, and student engagement.

In addition, Dr. Aw is the School of International Service’s Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer. She teaches 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. She has chaired the board of ETS TOEFL. She served on the board of Cultural Vista, as well as the Advisory Council for the Center for Education Diplomacy. Dr. Aw is a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to U.S. immigration, international educational exchanges, and diversity and inclusion in higher education. She has been interviewed by major global media outlets including CNN, Agence France Press, USA Today, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio, Middle East Broadcast Corporation, Washington Business Journal, WAMU, Radio France International, Washington Diplomat, and China Daily.

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