Civic Engagement & Social Innovation

The East Neighborhood serves as a residential hub for Civic Engagement and Social Innovation housing over 300 students. Students living in East will gain a greater awareness of social and political issues and engage in programming with faculty and staff to learn skills to be active global citizens and change agents within society. Elon is recognized for its robust curricular and co-curricular experiences that provide students with opportunities to participate in civil discourse, debate, community service, and leadership development in order to address the most pressing issues faced by today’s society.

The East Neighborhood Plan

The Neighborhood Plan is an educational roadmap for integrating residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences. Plans for the 2020-2021 academic year are currently being finalized to align with the university’s guidelines in response to COVID-19. Please check back later for an updated plan.

Neighborhood Student Population

  • 350 students
  • 96% first year students
  • 3% sophomore students
  • 1% junior students

Facilities and Amenities

East Neighborhood is comprised of three new residence halls next to the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center along with the Isabella Cannon Pavilion and the Kenan Honors Pavilion in the Lambert Academic Village. All buildings are mixed gender where the rooms include closets and moveable furniture. Each floor has a lounge space and community kitchen. See a floor plan for one of the new buildings.

Neighborhood Leadership

Sylvia Wade, the Community Director, lives in the neighborhood and leads the residence life aspects of the neighborhood.

Mark Dalhouse, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood. Dr. Dalhouse serves as the faculty advisor to the Paideia Living Learning Community located in East Neighborhood.

Academic Connections

The neighborhood links several First Year Foundation Courses including COR 110: The Global Experience and ENG 110: Writing, Argument & Inquiry, so first year students are taught with peers from within the same residential neighborhood. These residentially linked courses have been helpful in building community for students that extends from the classroom to the residence hall and facilitates students’ learning outside of the classroom.

Residential Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities

Signature Programs and Upcoming Experiences

  • Neighborhood Cook-outs and socials in the Quad
  • Election Night viewing Parties
  • 9/11 Annual Commemoration and Day of Service