In 2013, CaShawn Thompson told the world that black girls are magic. She started using the hashtag #BlackGirlsAreMagic to celebrate the achievements of strong and beautiful women of color. The words went viral, and since then, we haven’t forgotten to uphold their meaning. Black girls everywhere have used the phrase for Instagram captions and pieces of clothing. They’ve heard the words spoken from the mouths of Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles. Most importantly, they’ve practiced them in their everyday lives. The Huffington Post defines “black girl magic” (BGM) as “a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. It’s about celebrating anything we deem particularly dope, inspiring or mind-blowing about ourselves.” Black girl magic is a concept and movement that stands for everything that shows us in a positive light.
Almost exactly one year after she was first announced as AU’s next leader, University President Sylvia Burwell has released her administration’s diversity and inclusion strategy - what she’s calling AU’s plan for “inclusive excellence.” The 25-page-document includes a two year action plan detailing how the University will tackle issues of diversity in curriculum, policies and campus climate.