Diversity is an essential component of the educational experience of our students, a key aspect of academic excellence and a crucial part of an inclusive community. At Elon University we seek a caring and inclusive environment wherein differences are valued and integrated into every aspect of campus in order to prepare future global citizens.
The Inclusive Community council at Elon University embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual viewpoint.
Elon has deep expertise in all major areas of diversity, point places for faculty and staff diversity, and an emphasis on student diversity education. The following is a description of who does what and how diversity and inclusion efforts at Elon fit together.
The Gender & LGBTQIA Center advances education, student services, and programs related to gender, gender identity & expression, and sexual orientation. We enhance and advance campus climate for our LGBTQIA-identified students, staff, faculty and alumni.
Support LGBTQIA students, staff, faculty, and alumni at Elon through campus programs, institutional policies, and enhancing campus climate.
Serve as a university-wide resource around gender and sexuality.
Lead diversity education efforts around gender and sexuality.
Collaborate as needed with Elon departments including Student Life, the Multicultural Center, Admissions, WGS, and other faculty and staff.
The Center for Access and Success advances education, student services, and programs related to SES and educational access and success. Additionally, we serve as a university wide resource on education access and first generation college students.
Lead signature programs such as it Takes a Village, Elon Academy, Watson/Odyssey Scholars and Collegiate Start.
Jean Rattigan-Rohr directs The Village Project that uses a collaborative and multi-level approach to help children in the community who are struggling to read. The Village Project also offers GED/ESL support to area parents.
Deborah Long directs The Elon Academy that is a college access and success program for academically promising high school students in the Alamance County community who demonstrate a financial need and/or no family history of college.
Janelle Rouse directs The Collegiate Start @Elon which is a dual enrollment program designed to provide high school seniors from our community with the opportunity to simultaneously enroll in both high school and college courses, and receive dual high school and college credit.
Esther Gonzales-Freeman directs The Watson and Odyssey Programs which assist students who are poised to take advantage of an Elon education but for whom this possibility might not be an option for financial reasons.
The Truitt Center focuses on issues of religious affiliation, faith tradition, meaning making, spiritual searching and growth, and supports students from diverse religious and secular identities.
Support students, faculty and staff from diverse religious backgrounds and worldviews
Serve as a university wide resource on worldview and religious diversity
Lead diversity education and engagement efforts around worldview and religious diversity for all students from diverse religious and secular identities.
Some staff focus on specific religions or denominations.
The Isbaella Cannon Global Education Centre advances education, student services, and programs related to international students, faculty and staff and leads study abroad/USA programs.
Support international students, faculty and staff.
Serve as a university wide resource on nationality and place or origin diversity.
Lead diversity education efforts around international issues.
Lead study abroad and Study USA programs
Lead international week programming.
The Office of Disabilities Services advances education, student services, and programs related to disabilities.
Support students, faculty and staff with disabilities.
Serve as a clearinghouse of information regarding disability.
Serve as a university wide resource on disability issues.
Lead diversity education efforts around disability issues.
The Multicultural Center convenes the conversation on student diversity education campus-wide; advances education, student services and programs related to race and ethnicity; and provides students, faculty and staff of diverse racial and ethnic populations a welcoming and supportive environment.
Support students, faculty, staff and alumni from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Serve as a university wide resource and host signature programs and events on racial and ethnic identities and related topics.
Coordinate co-curricular diversity education and student development programming in partnership with other offices around campus.
Lead signature peer education and mentorship programs (i.e. DEEP, SMART, AEP, the Intersect conference) for understanding and appreciation of self and others.
Advise student organizations and groups that foster racial and ethnic understanding.
Specific jobs within Center:
The MCC Director oversees education and support for topics related to race and ethnicity for the campus and facilitates general diversity education programming for students.
The Associate Director for Diversity Education convenes overall student diversity education and mentorship programs. The Associate Director works collaboratively with campus offices that have specialized expertise in specific social identities.
The other two Assoc/Asst Directors focus on race and ethnicity, one with a primary focus on Black identified students, faculty and staff and the other with a primary focus on Hispanic/Latino/a students, faculty and staff.
The Office of Inclusive Community Well-Being advances education and programs related to diversity education throughout the faculty and staff in our community. This office will oversee efforts/policy development when it comes to prevention and response to bias and harassment campus-wide.
Coordinate diversity education efforts with faculty and staff in partnership with campus experts.
Coordinate and lead our ADL Campus of Difference program and other anti-bias trainings.
Coordinate response to bias incidents and hate crimes and oversee campus response functions related to these incidents in collaboration with appropriate offices such as human resources, student life and law enforcement
Work strategically in partnership with Office of Leadership and Professional Development and Human resources regarding diversity and inclusion among faculty and staff.
Diversity and Inclusion work is multifaceted. Two important components of this work are education and support. These are distinct in nature with respect to the engaged populations. We engage all members of the community in diversity education. When it comes to support, we know that traditionally marginalized populations need support/resources in particular ways.
1. Diversity education is for all.
2. We have identity formation and support for particular populations based on their needs
At Elon, we have committed resources to offices/centers that support categories that "house" identities that require particular attention. The following areas are focused on deeper discussions/education and student identity/support around:
• Race and Ethnicity: Multicultural Center
• Gender and Sexual Orientation: Gender and LGBTQIA Center
• Socioeconomic Status and Educational Access: Center for Access and Success
• Religion and worldview: Truitt Center
• Disability: Disability Services
• Nationality and place of origin: Global Education Center
3. Intersectionality is a significant part of the work of understanding difference/diversity as well and this team will help us to connect all the pieces and ensure a similar and consistent approach and philosophy. In addition, the diversity education specialist in the multicultural center will focus on the intersections in student diversity education.