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Elon University is a national leader in Civic Engagement, serving as one of the model campuses for the Carnegie Classification on Civic Engagement and being recognized as one of the nation’s top three 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:

  • Recognizes its responsibility, as a member 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, the following statement was developed by the Council on Civic Engagement on the Civically Engaged Scholar at Elon University. The Civically Engaged Teacher-Scholar: Council on Civic Engagement Position Statement

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News at Elon

  • Discovery program connects new students to Elon and each other

    The first-year summer experience program offered by the Office of New Student and Transition Programs familiarizes incoming students with Elon's campus and helps them develop outdoor and team-building skills before classes begin in the fall.

  • 'Are You Ready?' website debuts for incoming students 

    Featuring wisdom from returning undergraduates, information about the Elon Core Curriculum and resources for moving to campus, "Are You Ready?" helps members of the Class of 2018 consider how to best prepare for success at the university.

  • Elon formally joins the Colonial Athletic Association

    A geographic footprint that aligns with current student and alumni populations made the CAA a natural fit for Elon, which will host and travel to many top schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for varsity athletic competition.

  • Elon students visit Malawi for service work

    For the third consecutive year, a program through the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement allowed students to work with a local children's center and assist an HIV/AIDS support group.

  • Elon junior named SEEKHO Summer 2014 Innovation Fellow

    Caley Mikesell is one of eight fellows from around the world spending June and July in rural India to help research and develop holistic programs aimed at improving conditions for impoverished villages.