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.

As an Elon faculty or staff, if you would like to get involved in diversity education please contact Leigh-Anne Royster about leading or attending our educational programs. If you are a student interested in diversity education programs please contact Carla Fullwood.

> 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

Symposium gives future physician assistants insight into service

Graduate students in Elon University’s Physician Assistant Studies program learned Tuesday from faculty and staff across campus how to create meaningful relationships with underserved and vulnerable populations.

Elon students publish book on studying abroad in Costa Rica

Teaching Fellows who traveled last spring to the Central American country created a resource to help future students who want to study abroad in a nation known for its natural beauty, as well as its rapid social, economic and environmental changes.

January events to honor life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Speakers, service projects and a special College Coffee at Elon University are among the many programs that commemorate the legacy of the American civil rights leader.

Two major estate gifts endow new scholarships

Gifts totaling more than $1.3 million from two estates will provide new scholarship support for students with disabilities and for those pursuing studies in music.

Life in the Global Neighborhood

Discover what goes on inside the Global Neighborhood, Elon’s newest residential neighborhood that blends academic and residence life to create a vibrant, 24/7 learning environment.

Campus reflects on Ferguson grand jury decision

A week after a Missouri grand jury chose not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Elon University students, staff and faculty shared their reactions to the national story and offered insights on ways for the nation to move forward in a positive direction.