A Neighborhood of Global Engagement

The overall theme for the Global Neighborhood is “Global Engagement.” Each year the Neighborhood Association chooses a broad intellectual thematic focus related to global issues. Monthly events, such as neighborhood house dinners and film screenings, connect to the annual theme.

2019-2020 Theme: “Intersections of Identity”

Questions of identity have important impacts on people’s sense of belonging and self, on social and political activism and mobilization, and on the propensity for conflict and collaboration across society (not to mention international conflicts). When talking about identity, it can refer to personal or individual identity–a coherent sense of “self”–but, more commonly we talk of social or collective identities: that is our moral, emotional, and political connections with a broader community or practices.

Identity, whether individual or collective, is never about one thing: it is about our place of origin, the language(s) we speak, our gender identification, race, sexuality, class, and so on. Identity is complicated and intersectional.

The 2019-2020 Common Reading, FutureFace by Alex Wagner confronts the complicated nature of identity. In Global Neighborhood, we plan to continue the conversations about identity throughout our 2019-2020 programming and initiatives.

Throughout neighborhood dinners, our film series, collaborations, and pop-up events, we plan to highlight the myriad identities we carry as individuals and as collectives.

The Global Neighborhood Oath

As a member of the Global Neighborhood, I will strive to become a global citizen:

  • ​Seeking​ to identify and engage with my campus, local and global communities
  • Reflecting​ on the impact of my actions in these communities
  • ​Respecting ​and appreciating cultures and experiences different than my own
  • Working​ to promote the common good

I commit to:

  • ​Making​ the most of this opportunity to develop my global perspective, in concert with my own personal development and understanding of the communities around me
  • ​Investing​ my time and energy as a proud member of the Global Neighborhood.

The Global Neighborhood Plan for 2020-2021

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

  • 595 students
  • 67% first-year
  • 27% sophomore
  • 4% junior
  • 2% senior

Facilities and Amenities

  • 5 buildings offering 595 residence hall spaces – 70% doubles, 30% singles (combination of pods and stand-alone singles).
  • All five buildings have classrooms where linked sections of Core Curriculum and other courses are taught in the neighborhood.
  • Neighborhood commons building is the Global Commons with the Great Hall, Argo Tea, and faculty/staff offices for the Core Curriculum and Global Education Center

Get a 360-degree view of a room in Global:

Academic Connections

There are several residentially linked course sections of the First Year Foundations Courses, COR 110: The Global Experience and ENG 110: Writing, Argument & Inquiry for first-year students taught in or near the neighborhood.

Dr. Jennifer Eidum, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Dr. Jessica Gisclair is a Faculty-in-Residence who supports the neighborhood and serves as the adviser to the International Living Learning Community.

Visiting Scholar

Global Neighborhood is occasionally home to a visiting scholar whose stay at Elon is hosted by an academic department. Visiting scholars are individuals who are experts in their field and will share their interests with residents, faculty, and staff in a variety of ways. If you represent an academic department seeking to reserve the visiting scholar apartment, please visit this page for more information.

Living Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

Signature Programs, Traditions, and Experiences

Global Neighborhood has a strong house identity, named for rivers on five continents: Orinoco, Thames, Tigris, Yukon, and Zambezi. This is fostered through the House Cup Competition. Program traditions include:

  • Monthly house dinners with conversations between students and faculty
  • International film series
  • Regular outdoor “festivals” to create opportunities for Global students, faculty, and staff to interact in Global Neighborhood’s outdoor spaces and creating shared experiences.
  • Ongoing service relationship with a refugee family in Greensboro