Signature Programs


DEEP is the CREDE's signature program for social justice. DEEP aims to actively engage students, faculty, and staff in increasing their understanding of and appreciation for diversity and promoting activism for social justice through events and workshops in the Elon University community.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week

Each year, the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education will sponsor a campus-wide week of events to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information about this Initiative, click here.

Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards

The Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards Banquet started in 1993. At the awards ceremony each spring, black students who have shown excellence in academics and the Elon Experience are recognized. This banquet serves an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the black community and as incentive to all black students to continue to excel academically. See more information about the Phillips Perry Awards.

S.M.A.R.T. Mentoring Program

The S.M.A.R.T Mentoring Program offers opportunities to first-year ALANAM (African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Multiracial) students to be mentored by an upper class student. Mentors provide guidance and support to mentee and assist them in making a smooth transition from high school to college.

Heritage Month Celebrations

The Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education observes the following theme months by offering events or activities to increasing understanding and appreciation within the campus community.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


Black History Month


National Women's History Month


Asian Pacific American Heritage (observed at Elon; National recognition month is May)

National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month
National American Indian Heritage Month
Universal Human Rights Month