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 both study abroad 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 last year’s courses and students' comments about last year’s Winter Term events.


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.

Elon honors three middle school students in MLK essay contest

Annette Varghese and Cincere Childress in Guilford County, and Emmanuel Lopez in Alamance County, were honored Jan. 23 for their entries in the university's 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Essay Contest.

Journalist shares stories of 'messy' cultural background

Mei-Ling Hopgood, a professor at Northwestern University and author of two books, spoke with an Elon University audience on Jan. 21 about her biological family in Taiwan, her adoption by white American parents, and the definition of “home” when you’ve lived around the globe.

On MLK Day, a tribute through service

Fifty students, faculty and staff took part Monday in a “Day of Service” in Greensboro, N.C., to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

'Only you get to decide who you are'

Artist and spoken word performer Kip Fulbeck, whose nationally acclaimed work explores concepts of identity and race, visited campus Jan. 15 as part of Elon University’s 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration.

Historic Neighborhood hosts Winter Term dinner

National expert discusses disabilities and LGBTQIA with Elon audiences

Eli Clare took part in three Winter Term sessions on disabilities, LGBTQIA identities and privilege.


Leadership Fellows take civil rights tour through Deep South

The Winter Term course "Disarming Injustice: Nonviolence and the Civil Rights Movement" included visits to the 16th Street Baptist Church and the National Voting Rights Museum.

College Coffee celebrates MLK's messages on human rights

Elon University hosted a photo exhibit Tuesday in Moseley Center as students, faculty and staff gathered for a special College Coffee, part of a series of events this month to commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.