Diversity and Global Engagement

Part of Elon’s core values

Diversity and Global engagement at Elon is about academic excellence. We want to provide students with an education that prepares them for an increasingly interlinked world. That’s why we strive for an intellectually diverse environment with diversity of thought, diversity of history, diversity of perspectives, and diversity of background.

As an academic institution we rely on evidence-based best practices. Academic studies have shown that students need a diverse learning environment in order to do the deepest and most significant critical thinking. Further research has shown that students in diverse environments not only have positive learning outcomes in school, but also after graduation in terms of their participation in democracy and leadership in society.

Elon is committed to creating a pluralistic and inclusive environment for every member of the campus community. We seek to cultivate a campus climate that fosters the inclusion and engagement of everyone, regardless of individual differences in order to achieve the highest level of academic excellence.

Every two weeks the Provost Inclusive Community Team meets to address Diversity and Inclusion topics across campus. Members include:

• Brooke Barnett, Interim Associate Provost - Inclusive Community
• Matthew Antonio Bosch, Director Gender and LGBTQIA Center
• Jon Dooley, Assistant Vice President - Student Life
• Jan Fuller, Chaplain
• Steven House, Provost and Vice President - Academic Affairs
• Smith Jackson, Vice President - Student Life
• Woody Pelton, Dean - Global Education
• Jean Rattigan-Rohr, Director - Center for Access and Success at Elon
• Leigh-Anne Royster, Director - Inclusive Community Well-Being
• Randy Williams, Dean - Multicultural Affairs, Administrative Fellow to the President
• Susan Wise, Coordinator - Disability Services

> President Leo M. Lambert's statement on diversity and global engagement

> Learn more about pre- and post-doctoral fellowships for developing teacher-scholars from diverse backgrounds

News and Events

Elon honored for diversity & inclusion programs

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized Elon with a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, an accolade that reflects ongoing university efforts to celebrate and support students, staff, faculty and alumni of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Leadership Fellows examine social justice values

Assistant Professor of Education Cherrel Miller-Dyce spoke to the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows during a recent Fellows Forum about social justice values in democratic leadership.

Beyond Ferguson: A Frank Discussion of Race, Policing and the 4th Amendment - Sept. 23

Join us for this special forum on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Elon Law, beginning at 6:15 p.m. 


Elon leaders welcome Watson & Odyssey Scholars to campus

President Leo M. Lambert joined directors from the Center for Access & Success on Tuesday to greet academically gifted and civically engaged scholarship recipients for whom an Elon University education may otherwise have been financially impossible.

Information sessions on Global Neighborhood Association service opportunities

The Global Neighborhood Association in 2014-15 will offer service opportunities for its residents to work with immigrants and refugees in the surrounding community.

Hundreds attend first Global Neighborhood House Dinner of 2014-15

Hundreds of students joined 30 faculty and staff members in Lakeside Dining Hall on Sept. 2 to explore gender stereotypes in advertising across cultures.