Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In light of current events, the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education at Elon University stands firm in its commitment to its mission to prepare equity-minded leaders in the fields of education, physical activity and wellness who enhance the learning and lives of children and adults. We are committed to ensuring that our students, staff, and faculty are equipped to teach and lead using pedagogies that create an environment of equity and inclusion.

—Published September 7, 2020

#BlackLivesMatter Statement

Dear Elon Community,

The deans of the schools and colleges at Elon University stand unequivocally united against racism and police brutality. We believe Black Lives Matter. We are working to ensure our faculty and staff colleagues are better equipped to teach and lean into conversations that will help our nation and world change for the better. Hold us accountable to promote diversity and inclusion. Hold us accountable for recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff. Hold us accountable for meeting our diversity and inclusion goals. We are here to support our students, our faculty and our staff colleagues. We will work in our personal and professional spheres to make a difference.


Luke Bierman, Ph.D., JD, dean, School of Law
Ann Bullock, Ph.D., dean, Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education
Rochelle L. Ford, Ph.D., APR, dean, School of Communications
Rebecca Neiduski, Ph.D., OTR/L, CHT, Dean, School of Health Sciences
Gabie Smith, Ph.D., dean, Elon College of Arts and Sciences
Raghu Tadepalli, Ph.D., dean, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business

—Originally published on June 1, 2020