An Inspiring Legacy of Leadership

Leadership through Community Engagement and Service

Named after the late President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley, The Danieley Center Neighborhood strives to honor President Emeritus Dr. J. Earl Danieley by committing to growing the students ability in Leadership through community engagement and service. Our theme allows for us to engage in initiatives around the Elon community and throughout the Triad and Triangle of North Carolina.

Using the holistic approach of leadership allows us to integrate deep, intentional programming into neighborhood participants. Our theme highlights events both here at Elon and throughout the community around us.  Residents can attend events, participate in passive programming, and engage with the neighborhood socially all through the lens of the neighborhood theme.


The Danieley Center Commitment

As a resident of the Danieley Center Neighborhood, I promise to continue the traditions of Danieley Center by actively participating in Neighborhood events and supporting the Neighborhood theme of leadership through active citizenship. I value my responsibility to be an engaged citizen through civility and collaboration. Being an active participant in my community helps me develop as a strong, impactful leader. It makes me mindful of my environment and my privilege, and forces me to be a steward for positive change. I will become a stronger citizen by creating and supporting an inclusive environment, where all feel comfortable. Together, we are one community. Together, we are Danieley.

The Danieley Center Neighborhood Plan for 2021-2022

Danieley Center Neighborhood Plan 2021-2022 is an educational roadmap for integrating residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences.

Student Demographics

472 students living in the Danieley Flats
  • Senior: 1 Student
  • Juniors: 6 Students
  • Sophomores: 392 Students
  • First-Years: 48 Students
  • Transfers: 25 Students
240 students living in the Danieley Apartments
  • Seniors: 2 Students
  • Juniors: 2 Students
  • Sophomores: 225 Students
  • Transfers: 11 Students

Facilities and Amenities

Opened in 1999 as a sophomore residential community, the Danieley Center Neighborhood now houses up to 812 first-year and sophomore students in either flat or apartment living. The Danieley flats present a unique living experience that allows residents to live in spaces of 8-10 students, while the Danieley apartments offer a more traditional apartment-style living option for a group of 4 sophomores. The apartments in the neighborhood surround the beautiful Lake Verona, named for Dr. Danieley’s wife, Verona Daniels Danieley.

The hub of Danieley Center Neighborhood is the newly renovated Violet Hoffman Daniel Commons (commonly known as Daniel Commons). Daniel Commons is home to the Neighborhood Office, where you will find the Residence Life team dedicated to making each resident feel at home. Daniel Commons also hosts multiple classes throughout the academic year in its smart classroom, features a multipurpose lounge, and offers Qdoba Mexican Eats and Einstein Bros. Bagels as dining options.

The Danieley Center Neighborhood is home to the Phoenix Activities and Recreation Center (PARC), an athletic facility with basketball courts and a fitness center for residents of the neighborhood to enjoy, whether that be playing basketball, participating in intramural sports, or just working on physical fitness.

Get a 360-degree view of a room in Danieley:
Room in Danieley

Academic Connections


Mark Enfield, the Faculty Director of Danieley Center, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood. Professor Enfield is an Associate Professor of Education.

The neighborhood faculty affiliates Dr. Ryan Johnson (Associate Professor of Philosophy) and Dr. Shawn Tucker (Associate Professor of Art) help Danieley residents make connections to faculty outside of the classroom and office hours.

Signature Programs, Traditions, and Experiences

  • First Night Elon
  • BBQ with Colonnades Neighborhood
  • Phoenix Phind: Campus-wide scavenger hunt that will be in partnership with the Inter-Residence Council
  • Chick’n Pick’n: Outdoor grilling contest open to all students at Elon University
  • Halftime Events w/ Elon Athletics
  • Community Dinners
  • Pumpkin Carve: Neighborhood-wide community builder coinciding with fall festivities
  • First Amendment Free Food Festival
  • Dr. J. Earl Danieley Leadership Banquet: Celebration that recognizes student leadership over the year in the community
  • Expanieley FoodTruck Rally/Carnival