Research from colleges and universities around the country shows that some students feel they don’t “belong,” aren’t included, or aren’t respected in classrooms. You can learn more about student experiences.
Research further suggests that these same students are less likely than their peers to learn, stay in school, and graduate. In other words, inclusiveness is not about helping students feel good about themselves; it is aimed at helping students learn and succeed in college.
Elon University is a diverse community, and Elon faculty members are known for their respectful and caring interactions with individual students. Often the students who have reported not feeling included on college campuses belong to historically disadvantaged or marginalized groups (based on race, sex, religion, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, ethnicity, etc.). Marginalization and lack of equal opportunity are inconsistent with the first theme of the Elon Commitment: an “unprecedented commitment to diversity and global engagement.”
Elon’s mission states our commitment to:
Many of the suggestions for inclusive pedagogy: