The Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education

Our mission is:

  • To advance the conversation on student diversity education campus-wide to develop intercultural competence and provide race and ethnicity related advocacy, services, and programs to promote the intellectual achievement, personal success, and social belonging of all students, faculty, and staff, particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities.

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Elon professor represents father at 'Friendship Nine' exoneration

The father of Kenn Gaither, associate dean in the School of Communications, helped shape the Civil Rights Movement when he was among a group of young men who in 1961 used a "jail, no bail" tactic at a segregated South Carolina lunch counter. Their convictions were vacated on Jan. 28, 2015 - nearly 54 years to the day after their arrests.

Elon honors three middle school students in MLK essay contest

Annette Varghese and Cincere Childress in Guilford County, and Emmanuel Lopez in Alamance County, were honored Jan. 23 for their entries in the university's 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Essay Contest.

Campus conversation held on issues related to race at Elon

Nearly 100 students, faculty and staff met on Jan. 26 at a forum sponsored by the Black Cultural Society and The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education.


Journalist shares stories of 'messy' cultural background

Mei-Ling Hopgood, a professor at Northwestern University and author of two books, spoke with an Elon University audience on Jan. 21 about her biological family in Taiwan, her adoption by white American parents, and the definition of “home” when you’ve lived around the globe.

College Coffee celebrates MLK’s legacy as a “drum major of peace”

Elon University hosted the African American Dance Ensemble of Durham, N.C. as students, faculty and staff gathered for a special College Coffee to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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