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Reducing inequality in & among countries is the purpose of Sustainable Development Goal 10 (SDG 10). This goal strives to ensure access to resources, create equal opportunity, & improve migration practices.

Actions, stories, & resources related to SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals are shared in our latest Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report. They are shared below to illustrate Auburn’s impact. For an overview highlighting our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), please visit

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Sustainable development requires reduced inequalities based on income, age, sex, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion, not only within countries but also between countries. Inequality leads to crime, disease, and environmental degradation because it threatens long-term social and economic development. Auburn University is moderately engaged with Goal 10 across a variety of teaching, research, outreach, and student involvement categories.

Auburn University is moderately engaged with Goal 10 across a variety of teaching, outreach, and research operations. Auburn University’s involvement with Goal 10 is well-represented through its teaching and research activities. Goal 10 also has the most outreach activities oriented toward it than any other SDG. 15 student organizations are invested in reducing inequalities. Auburn University seeks to better reflect the diversity of the world beyond the AU campus. Because of Auburn University’s mission as a land grant institution, “improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world,” equality must be central to Auburn University’s activities.

View our most recent Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report  for an overview of Auburn’s contributions to all the SDGs.

Actions at Auburn

Student Excellence Programs (SEPs), overseen by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, foster an inclusive academic environment for prospective and current students. SEPs focus on recruiting and retaining underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds. Through SEPs, underrepresented students are provided with information about financial aid, scholarships and fellowships, careers, and other success strategies. SEPs aim to bridge the gap between international and domestic students and inform underrepresented students about resources to help them succeed and excel at Auburn University. SEPs include Tiger Retreat, War Eagle Scholars Day, Academic Excellence 3.0 Ceremony, and Diversity Student Ambassadors.

Students at Student Excellence Program event SDG 10 Photo courtesy of Office of Inclusion and Diversity
Office of Inclusion and Diversity

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is paramount to building unity, equity, and inclusion at Auburn University. The office recognizes the benefits of creating a welcoming space for education, as this increases student well-being and success. Auburn University’s Strategic Diversity Plan states that the institution will “establish diversity as a core value at Auburn University.” Core goals include the inclusion of underrepresented groups into the university’s faculty, staff, and student body, and fostering a sense of place and belonging. The Office of Inclusion and Diversity also supports efforts that enhance external support for various scholarships and programs. The office is now formalizing annual reports detailing transparency and accountability towards Auburn’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

The Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equality (PTFOE) is a representative team that aims to implement equitable and inclusive policies on campus. The subcommittees of the PTFOE include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education, undergraduate Student Recruitment and Retention, Faculty Recruitment and Retention, and Staff Recruitment and Retention. Auburn University Employment Services joined the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium in order to increase diversity of faculty, staff, and administrators in academia. PTFOE also increased use of inclusive language throughout university websites and applications for new staff positions.

Meeting of the Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equality
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Health disparities are systematic group differences in health indicators or health outcomes that are the result of past or present social injustice. The mission of the Health Equity Research Lab is to conduct cutting edge health disparities research and provide related training opportunities for students and scholars. The lab examines mechanisms for socioeconomic and racial disparities in health and health behaviors across the life span and to make clear how these mechanisms—and the overall magnitude of inequalities—are shifting in contemporary societies. The Health Equity Research Lab is housed in the College of Human Sciences.

Dr. Hannah Baggett is an Associate Professor in the College of Education with specialization in educational research and teaching for social justice. Dr. Baggett’s work focuses on research about preservice and practicing teachers’ orientations to justice and equity and a statewide analysis of school discipline policy and practice in Alabama. Her recent book, The Grammar of School Discipline: Removal, Resistance, and Reform in Alabama Schools, coauthored with Dr. Carey Andrzejewski, describes how school discipline policies and practices damage relationships with and trajectories of Black youth and how practitioners might make efforts towards repair. Dr. Baggett’s scholarship also reports on outreach work engaging alternative school students in youth research to facilitate a sense of community belonging and empowerment.

Dr. Hannah Baggett working with students
Map of Birmingham Alabama SDG 10 Image courtesy of Dr. Rebecca Retzlaff

College of Liberal Arts’ Dr. Rebecca Retzlaff studies urban planning history and law to better understand the systemic inequality prevalent in cities in the United States. Her article, “Connecting Public School Segregation with Urban Renewal and Interstate Highway Planning: The Case of Birmingham, Alabama,” analyzes the connection between public school segregation, Urban Renewal, and interstate highway construction in Birmingham, Alabama. The article argues that interstate highways and Urban Renewal were used to preserve segregation. Dr. Retzlaff’s research demonstrates how policies from decades ago can still perpetuate inequalities even today.

People & Stories

Parks for People

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By Binita Mahato A stroll through Town Creek Park, Auburn AL in Spring 2023 (credit: author) I vividly remember my parents visiting from India last spring. Every weekend, we would stroll in one of the parks in Auburn. For me, this was an everyday activity. For my parents, however, it…

Climate Change: An Issue of Climate Justice

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by Ghanashyam Khanal and Nabin Bhandari  While about two frenetic weeks of discussions and negotiations on climate change, damage and loss, and climate finance were going on at COP27 in Egypt, a documentary that depicted the impact of climate change on women and children in the Himalayan regions of Nepal…

Campus Changemaker: Kimberly Mulligan-Guy

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by Camille Colter, Office of Sustainability Photo courtesy of Kimberly Mulligan-Guy Let’s talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Wait, scratch that. Inclusion, equity, THEN diversity.   Formally, Dr. Kimberly Mulligan-Guy is the Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (IED) in the College of Science and Mathematics (COSAM). Informally, she is…


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by Randy Martin, Office of Sustainability As I begin, I feel as though most are familiar with the moral cases for diversity, so I want to draw attention to this tweet from Adam Grant, a leader in Organizational Psychology and award-winning author. As he states, a recent paper titled Gender-diverse…

Campus Changemaker: Katherine-Anne Davis

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by Camille Colter, Office of Sustainability Making waves is something Katherine-Anne (KA) Davis is used to. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, KA is a surfing and warm weather lover. She became a student at Auburn University last year and is majoring in Apparel Merchandising with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She is…

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