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 2018: Elon community gathers to watch results together

The Election Night Watch Event is one of a variety of efforts to encourage civic engagement across campus. 

Vote in the Midterm Elections - Election Day Information 

Elon Votes! is sponsoring rides to the polls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the Center for the Arts and an Election Night Watch Event at 8 p.m. in the Moseley Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

How much is a free meal worth to you? Diners keep First Amendment on their minds during lunch

Elon University hosted the First Amendment Free Food Festival Sept. 26, which visualized Americans' rights in a fun way.

Community Connections to tackle technology, the workplace and the future

The next Community Connections discussion will take place on Monday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Lakeside meeting rooms.