Elon University is a national leader in Civic Engagement, serving as one of the model campuses for the Carnegie Classification on Civic Engagement and is recognized as one of the nation’s top universities for community service by earning a Presidential Award in the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  Elon’s civic engagement programs include the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Periclean Scholars, Civic Engagement Scholars, the Center for Leadership, the National Campaign for Student Political and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact, the Elon Academy, the Elon Poll, the Elon Environmental Center at Loy Farm, and the Elon Student Government Association

Elon University defines civic engagement as the process of learning about the assets, needs, and concerns of the larger communities of which we are a part and the willingness to collaborate with others to help define and achieve the common good.  This theme is central to the Elon University mission of preparing civically engaged graduates who are "global citizens and informed leaders motivated by a concern for the common good." As a university, we emphasize our responsibility to live in community, acknowledging our interdependency with others.

 Elon students, faculty, staff and alumni join in an intentional and progressive educational process to create a culture that:

  • Assists members in recognizing their responsibility, as part of the larger community, to actively address social conditions through mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships with community partners.
  • Offers opportunities and programs that deepen students' awareness and understanding of social and political issues and challenges students to develop a framework for responsible citizenship. 
  • Provides increasingly complex learning experiences that enhance the development of the skills needed to be effective citizens, including communication, collaboration, critical analysis, problem solving and leadership. 
  • Celebrates and rewards the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners who demonstrate good citizenship, live lives of civic engagement and support the civic life and programs of the university.
In an effort to support faculty and staff who conduct scholarship in the areas of civic engagement and community based research, a position statement was developed by the Council on Civic Engagement on the Civically Engaged Scholar at Elon University.

Council on Civic Engagement Position Statement


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Election Day Voting in Alamance County

This year, Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Elon Political Engagement Work Group and Elon Votes! have worked with the Alamance County Board of Elections to create the following information on voting locations, what you need to bring to the polls, and Elon shuttle transportation to precincts,

Harvard focus group connects Elon students with peers during third presidential debate

Five Elon students were among a group of 25 brought together by Harvard University's Institute of Politics to discuss their views during the last debate. 

Alamance County same-day voter registration and early voting begins Oct. 20

Students can participate in one-stop early voting from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5. Those not previously registered can register and vote in one trip.


Assistant dean publishes research on fostering democratic practices in the classroom

The assistant dean for campus life and director of residence life authored a chapter on ontological inquiry and democratic practices for "Un-Democratic Acts: New Departures for Dialogue in Society and Schools."