Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing and intellectual viewpoint.
Inclusive Excellence is the shared responsibility of Elon University members to act deliberately toward equitable outcomes through:
- collective strength derived from people of all identities, abilities and perspectives;
- pluralistic orientation reflected in pedagogies, programs and policies;
- and positive cross-cultural engagement at all times and in all places.
Central to Elon’s mission of transforming mind, body and spirit, Inclusive Excellence requires addressing systems in ways that achieve equity and help individuals thrive.
Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE)
The CREDE is a physical space located on the second floor of Moseley Center as well as a place of support for our ALANAM (African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native and Multicultural) communities and the convener of student diversity education campus-wide.
The CREDE team shares an authentic desire to connect and assist in your identity development and intercultural competence. CREDE creates a campus where all members exercise inclusion so individuals can flourish. This is accomplished through programs such as SMART Mentors, the Sisterhood Circle, the Intersect Conference, and the DEEP social justice program. CREDE provides spaces for the Elon community to learn about, reflect on, and apply concepts of social justice with a foundation in racial equity.
El Centro serves as one of the support systems for international and domestic Hispanic/Latino students, faculty and staff. Our center is a casual place to hang out but also engage in a vibrant mix of programs aimed to unite, strengthen and celebrate Elon’s Hispanic/Latino community. We provide fun learning opportunities that challenge you to develop language proficiency in Spanish as well as know and understand the cultures of Spanish-speaking people in the world.
Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC)
The Gender and LGBTQIA Center serves to engage students in creating intentionally inclusive communities around gender, sexuality, and intersections of identity. We want students to feel validated in their identities, valued for their contributions and who they will become, and victorious in their academic and social life at Elon. For three years in a row, Elon earned five out of five possible stars from CampusPride and ranked #1 in South, #1 in North Carolina, and Top 25 in U.S. for “Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Universities”.
Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
Located in the Numen Lumen Pavilion in the Lambert Academic Village, the Truitt Center is a safe place for spiritual growth, worldview exploration (religious and secular) and interfaith engagement. We encourage you to honor the spiritual dimension of life, respect religious and cultural differences, deepen and explore faith traditions and worldviews, embrace the present responsibility and the future with hope, and live the principles you value. We have a vibrant set of religious, spiritual and philosophical communities, including support for more traditional religions (Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu) as well as yoga and meditation, interfaith community, and a group for secular students and atheists.