Learn. Engage. Appreciate.


Take a diversity-related class – they explore topics like media, music, culture, relationships, business, athletics, religion, childhood development, science, language, comedy, identity, poverty, immigration, globalization, art, history and education.

Check out the full list of courses for study abroad, study USA, and on campus courses.


Attend an event – You don’t have to be enrolled in a course to learn. There will be performances, speakers, simulations, service opportunities, discussions, and films that are open to anyone. They’ll be happening on campus, in Alamance County, in various places in the U.S., on YouTube and Skype, and around the globe.

Check out the calendar of events


What do you mean by “diversity,” anyway?

There are many kinds of diversity. Among human beings, some differences are based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, disability, socioeconomic standing, region, and intellectual viewpoint. One can explore many specific types of differences as well as the historical and practical implications of them and their intersections – from a variety of different disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.

Why do we have this Winter Term theme?

Elon strives to provide students with an education preparing them to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good. The university seeks to foster respect for human differences, passion for a life of learning, personal integrity, and an ethic of work and service.

Studies show that engagement across difference yields significant educational gains, including in critical thinking skills. This combination of goals – and the reality of the diverse and interconnected world we live in – inspire this effort to “learn, engage, and appreciate.”

Check out some of the thought-provoking activities from previous years' courses and students' comments about previous years' Winter Term events.


Timeline project offers visual guide to music, social movements of the 1960s and 1970s

The project, now on display, is from a Winter Term class that examined the music of the two decades, fromThe Beatles to the Bee Gees, and hippies to Nixon. 


Human Library - Jan. 5

An opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with people in your community in a unique setting

Willy Wilkinson, 'Viewing Trans Experience through a Mixed Heritage Lens'- Jan. 5

Author and spoken-word performer Willy Wilkinson, reads excerpts from his writing that address social interactions, community membership, classification systems and services.

Leadership Fellows journey to Deep South to learn civil rights history

Visits to Birmingham, Selma and Atlanta culminated with Elon students meeting Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader, and King III's wife, Arndrea Waters King.

Community Connections panelists explore 'the cost of discrimination'

Four experts shared insights with members of the campus and Alamance County communities on Tuesday night in a forum about ongoing issues tied to race in the realm of business and finance.

Special College Coffee recognizes MLK essay winners

Two local middle school students were honored Tuesday for their entries to an annual essay contest organized by Elon University’s Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education.

Honoring MLK's memory with renewed calls for action

Elon University students, faculty and staff took part in a Monday march through downtown Burlington that commemorated the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while raising awareness of work still to be done in advancing civil liberties.

Activities & events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Service opportunities, lectures and other special programs at Elon in January will commemorate the legacy of the late civil rights leader. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry's visit to campus on Jan. 6 headlines the event series. 

French students perform Molière with contemporary flair

Students enrolled in FRE 371: French Theater in Production performed Molière's most popular farce "Le Médecin malgré lui" on Jan. 26 and 27.