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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

Michelle Hebl & Leslie Ashburn-Nardo: 'Identifying and Reducing Discrimination: Strategies for Targets, Allies and Organizations' - Oct. 20

Justin Lee, 'Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate' - Sept. 30

Elon Academy students conduct research on poverty, college access

Scholars created service projects and traveled to the nation's capital this summer as they sought solutions to barriers faced by underrepresented and underserved students who dream of attending college.

Elon students take part in charter school fellowship program

Rising seniors Krystal Lanclos and Ashley Rose are spending the summer in Newark, New Jersey, to teach in the urban classrooms of a regional nonprofit charter school operator.

'Village Project' Summer Camp concludes with poetry & music

Sixty children taking part in the "It Takes a Village" Project for young readers shared stories and displayed artwork on July 18, 2014, to parents and civic leaders who visited campus to celebrate the end of a summer program.

Presentations & celebration bring an end to summer for Elon Academy

Prior to a Friday evening closing ceremony, high school scholars in Elon University’s college access and success program shared with family and friends the lessons they will carry with them from their summer experience on campus.