Diversity and Global Engagement

What We Mean By Diversity

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.

Functions of Offices and Centers at Elon that focus on Diversity & Inclusion

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.

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. We lead signature programs such as it Takes a Village, Elon Academy, Watson/Odyssey Scholars and Collegiate Start.

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. Elon hosts Hillel and Newman Centers on campus.

The Isabella Cannon Global Education Centre advances education, student services, and programs related to international students, faculty and staff and leads study abroad/USA programs. 

The Office of Disabilities Services advances education, student services, and programs related to disabilities. 

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.

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. 

Diversity and Inclusion work is multifaceted.  wo 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.

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