Diversity and Global Engagement

Elon Commitment Theme I: An unprecedented commitment to diversity and global engagement

Members of the university committee came together to accomplish many things so far. Here are some of the highlights:


2010-11 Progress Report

STUDENTS

  • Recruited Elon’s first class in the International Fellows program
  • Increased the ethnic diversity of the Class of 2015 to a record 16 percent (239 students), compared with 15 percent (205 students) in the Class of 2014
  • Established the Elon Commitment Scholarships providing major financial assistance to 6 students annually and supporting Elon’s priority of increasing socioeconomic diversity
  • Created the Elon Engagement Scholarships to benefit approximately 150 students annually whose admissions application essays show academic ability and promise of impact locally and globally during their four years
  • Created the PACE (Providing Aid Through Campus Employment) program to provide additional work-study assistance to students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Created a campus climate student survey to be administered in fall 2011

FACULTY AND STAFF

  • Hired five faculty members from diverse ethnicities and six faculty members with international backgrounds
  • Created an opportunity fund to better enable Elon to recruit outstanding teacher-scholars who contribute to diversity
  • Strengthened Elon’s recruiting processes with a revised Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statement, diversity understanding for search committees and additional funding for advertising to reach diverse audiences
  • Created a human resources system to monitor the diversity of pools of applicants for employment at Elon
  • Developed standards for reporting race and ethnicity of employees in Elon’s online factbook and in the fall report from Academic Council
  • Enhanced the annual professional performance evaluation process for staff and administrators to include accountability for diversity goals

PROGRAMS/PROCEDURES

  • Created the President’s Diversity Council comprised of students, faculty and staff
  • Expanded Elon’s pre- and post-doctoral program that provides one or two-year fellowships and mentoring for faculty members of underrepresented ethnic groups
  • Developed protocols to analyze Elon student assessment data related to group categories such as race, gender and socio-economic status, allowing for deeper annual analysis of such factors as transfer rates, academic probation and graduation rates 
  • Began a pilot program to develop a domestic diversity-themed Winter Term 2013
  • Infuse diversity and disability services perspectives into the design of new campus facilities, including universal bathrooms and automatic door openers in every new building project
  • Created a diversity advocacy group in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning to develop inclusive pedagogy practices and workshops and began diversity curriculum infusion grants
  • Added a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from China for the 2011-12 academic year and a guest scholar from China, who is conducting research in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
  • Joined the Yellow Ribbon scholarship program for military veterans and their dependents
  • Strengthened Elon’s credit bank program for local high schools students, building ties with guidance counselors in the Alamance-Burlington School System and enhancing orientation and advising for students in this program, who include 23 percent from underrepresented ethnic groups and 17 percent from low-income families
  • Created Life@Elon, providing lifelong learning opportunities for area residents over the age of 55
  • Created the Diversity and Global Engagement website, a site that includes links and information about all of Elon’s initiatives in support of Elon Commitment Theme I
  • Created a new “About our Region” website to assist in recruiting new employees and detail regional resources for people of diverse backgrounds
  • Enhanced the Elon Academy website as a more effective tool to recruit and communicate with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Analyzed Elon’s print, web and video communications, ensuring that content supports the university’s diversity and global engagement initiatives

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2011-12 Progress Report

STUDENTS

  • Created student job registry for 2012-2013 academic year so that our students can jobs on campus more easily
  • Increased international students 40% from 113 in fall 2010 to 158 in fall 2011 (fall 2010 = 57 non-resident aliens and 56 dual citizens and fall 2011 = 70 non-resident aliens and 88 dual citizens)
  • Formed First in Family support group for first generation students
  • Created summer bridge program for 30 Watson, Odyssey and Elon Commitment scholar first year students.
  • Launched sophomore Watson, Odyssey and Elon Commitment scholar cultural immersion program in the Mississippi Delta
  • Created Better Together student organization and living learning community with students from 5 different faith traditions. The student organization hosted a forum in the fall
  • Developing an undergraduate research program exchange with faculty from the University of Costa Rica (San Jose, Costa Rica) and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Created affiliated staff in Multi cultural center associated with Black/African American, LGBTQ, and Latino/Hispanic students

FACULTY AND STAFF

  • Created bias and discrimination response coordinator position and hired Dr. Elizabeth Nelson
  • Created new HR position for employee relations, strategic hiring and investigations of all forms of harassment and hired Carla Ugboro
  • Began efforts for professional development all across campus with anti defamation league sessions
  • Created hiring protocols for all units on campus in order to recruit the best faculty and staff. Increased faculty ethnic diversity by 5% and staff ethnic diversity by 1% in first year of implementation

PROGRAMS AND PROCEDURES

  • Identified future space for LGBTQ resource room and named first coordinator, Dr. Kirstin Ringelberg
  • Created bias and discrimination response coordinator position and hired Elizabeth Nelson in that role
  • Created bias and discrimination council and education and response teams with depth of expertise in racial and ethnic, religious, sexual, gender and geographic identities
  • Approved a new minor in Jewish Studies
  • Formed a team of faculty and staff to create modules for a pilot Elon 101 with a focus on self-identity
  • Began work on a new winter term theme concept to launch in 2013
  • Hosted consultants to work with us on the use of student learning outcomes data related to diversity programming.
  • Fielded campus climate surveys for students in fall 2011 and will field survey for faculty and staff in spring 2012
  • Created inclusive pedagogy website at CATL and developed faculty professional development through peer led conversations and leadership of Academic Council diversity committee: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/teaching/inclusive%20classrooms/default.xhtml
  • Implemented new hiring protocols across campus in order to employ the best practices in human resources
  • Worked with our campus interior designer on a pilot program to transform a faculty pod, classroom and seminar room based on faculty input of ways to better demonstrate diverse perspectives in our interior spaces on campus
  • Hosted events for Hispanic History and Heritage month
  • Created a new Black History Month website and planning committee and the planning committee created events for January through March of this year
  • Supported five diversity infusion grant projects during 2011-2012 academic year: https://elon.digication.com/diversityinfusion/Home
  • Identified future space in Alamance for African and African-American Studies student engagement space, conference room and office

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2012-2013 Progress Report

STUDENTS

  • Partnered with Golden Doors to help fund undocumented student enrollment
  • Developed relationship with Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg, South Africa and will enroll one student this fall
  • Changed Director of Multicultural Recruitment to Director of Diversity Recruitment to more accurately reflect the groundwork admissions is laying to work with CBOs (Community Based Organizations), National Hispanic and Pride fairs
  • Recruited the class of 2017 in which 7% of the class are the first generation in their family to attend college, 17% are from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and almost 10% are Jewish
  • Thirteen Elon Academy students are currently attending Elon and 11 high school seniors have been accepted
  • Created new staff position in the multi-cultural center to focus on Black/African American student identities

FACULTY AND STAFF

  • Continued efforts for professional development all across campus with Anti- Defamation League’s Campus of Difference train the trainer sessions scheduled for July 2013
  • Continued hiring protocols for all units on campus in order to recruit the best faculty and staff. Increased faculty ethnic diversity 9% to 14% for faculty and 18% to 22% for staff over a three-year period
  • Hired Tina Kissell as Assistant Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Hired Jennifer Johnson as new Elon Academy assistant director to focus on college success
  • Hired Esther Gonzales Freeman as new Director of Watson/Odyssey scholars and created a new Associate Director position, which will be filled this summer
  • More than 120 faculty/staff participated in a CATL book club on stereotype threat as well as a number of sessions on inclusive classrooms
  • Hired Maurice Hines as Muslim Coordinator (part time)
  • Hired Ginny Vellani as Assistant Hillel Director

LEARNING, PROGRAMS AND PROCEDURES

  • Created Gender and LGBTQ Center and hired first director, Matthew Antonio Bosch
    • Held second annual Lavender Graduation for LBGTQIA students
  • Created Elon Center for Access and Success to house Elon Academy, The Watson/Odyssey scholars program, The Village Project and focus on education access and support for limited income and first generation college students
  • Approved a new Poverty and Social Justice program and minor at Elon.
  • Opened and dedicated Numen Lumen Pavilion and hosted successful spring convocation panel with national leaders in interfaith work
  • Launched new winter term diversity theme in winter 2013 and will continue with the theme in 2014
  • Launched new Study USA winter term courses and Elon in LA spring semester program
  • Opened new space in Alamance for African and African-American Studies student engagement space, conference room and office
  • The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center Faculty Fellow Donna Van Bodegraven is spearheading a pilot project using the Global Perspectives Inventory to measure changes in intercultural competency achieved by Winter Term courses abroad and our Elon in LA and Elon in NYC programs
  • Piloted a mentoring program for Collegiate Start students who are in the Elon Academy to better understand the needs of our first-generation, limited-income high school students who take dual enrollment classes at Elon.
  • Elon Academy and the Multicultural Center offered a “Life After College Retreat” for Watston/Odyssey and Elon Academy students at Elon to help prepare them for internships, jobs, and graduate school.
  • Created monthly Gospel Ministry Black worship experience on campus
  • Peace and Conflict Studies sponsored student training through the National Coalition Building Institute program
  • Developed two Diversity Peer Mentor education positions for the Global Neighborhood.

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