About Intersect

In accordance with Elon University’s commitment to diversity and global engagement and the fostering of respect for human differences, the Center for Leadership and the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education have collaborated to provide attendees with an unprecedented look at the disciplines of diversity, leadership and the cross-sections of the two. Intersect educates students, faculty, and professional staff on topics of diversity and leadership. In previous years, these topics were explored through two independent conferences: the Diversity Leadership Conference and the Leadership Development Institute.

During this two-day conference, participants will engage in dialogue, reflection, and training through keynote speakers, workshops, and lunch and learns. The conference pillars work to inspire participants to create positive change for the common good in their organizations and community.

Conference Pillars

Oppression, social change, power & privilege, and organizational development are the four pillars of the Intersect conference. These pillars were choosen because they represent the intersectionality of leadership and diversity. Our understanding of these concepts will not only inform our understanding, but also our ability to engage in meaningful conversations and behaviors.

Fall 2014 Conference: "I am _______________."

The Intersect Conference Committee is excited to announced that this year's Intersect Conference will be held on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd. Historically, the conference has taken place in the Spring and we are thrilled to be moving it to the Fall. This year's conference theme is simply, "I am _______________" in the hopes of helping attendees explore their multiple identities, the intersectionality of these identities, and how identities influence one another. The Intersect Conference Committee is looking forward to another successful conference following last Spring's engaging and inspiring conference, described below.

Spring 2014 Conference: "Becoming Aware...Inspiring Action."

This past's February's Intersect conference theme was "Becoming Aware...Inspiring Action."The Intersect Conference Committee brought 200+ students, faculty, and staff from 12 North Carolina colleges and universities engaging educational sessions, empowering keynote speakers, and thoughtful dialogue, helping attendees become aware of the issues that are affecting you, your campus, and your community, and so you can be inspired to take action and make change!

Conference Participation

Intersect is FREE for Elon students, faculty, and staff. Attendees outside of the Elon University committee are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact Dana Carnes, Associate Director of the Center for Leadership or call the Center for Leadership at (336) 278-5323.