Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In light of current events, the 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, 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, Love School of Business

—Originally published on June 1, 2020

University Resources

  • Inclusive Excellence website: It is the shared responsibility of Elon University members to act deliberately toward equitable outcomes.
  • Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence (CEIE) website: The center was established in 2019 as a hub for faculty/staff diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. It coordinates information about diversity, inclusion and global engagement at Elon and supports initiatives/offices/collaborations across campus. The center also oversees efforts and policy development for preventing and responding to bias and harassment campus-wide.
  • Bias response website: The CEIE provides comprehensive response to issues of violence, bias, harassment and hate.
  • Boldly Elon website: The university’s strategic plan for 2030 promotes a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all experience belonging and well-being.