1. Mentoring Relationships

Ensure all students have access to high-quality mentoring relationships, learn how to build a mentoring network, and are empowered to serve as peer mentors.

Areas of Focus

  • Prepare all staff members to have strong and meaningful mentoring relationships with students.
  • Develop initiatives and strategies that communicate the importance of mentoring and teach students how to build a network of mentors.
  • Advance effective training and development of peer mentors and create structures that contribute to a layered, collaborative system of peer mentoring.

2. Leadership and Skill Development

Leverage co-curricular experiences to produce graduates who are ethical leaders with essential skills the world needs and employers desire.

Areas of Focus

  • Establish pathways that both challenge and empower students to use their time at Elon in an intentional way and make meaning from those integrated curricular and co-curricular experiences.
  • Work with campus partners to define the essential skills that will prepare graduates for their future and create a comprehensive strategy to emphasize the development of those skills through student organizations, peer mentor roles, student employment, and leadership.
  • Re-envision the Elon Experiences Transcript as a tool to help students thoughtfully select co-curricular engagement opportunities, integrate their campus experiences, communicate the development of skills, and reflect on their development in the areas of meaning and purpose.

3. Inclusive Excellence

Advance a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Areas of Focus

  • Strength support networks to ensure the success of historically marginalized groups.
  • Create structures and learning opportunities that engage all students, staff, and faculty in advancing their intercultural learning, multifaith understanding, and related competencies for leading social change.
  • Advance an inclusive excellence framework across all Student Life departments to ensure equitable access to programs, services, and experiences.
  • Develop and begin to implement a plan that addresses, promotes, and infuses anti-racism strategies across the division.

4. Wellness and Well-being

Foster holistic wellness by inspiring and educating students who are active, resilient, and mentally healthy and engage in meaningful and purposeful commitments within their communities.

Areas of Focus

  • Develop plans to renovate the Koury Athletic Center to support comprehensive community wellness, physical and mental health, and recreation in the heart of campus.
  • Establish more seamless programs and services among Student Life departments that address recreation, wellness, physical and mental health, and resiliency, creating strong operational collaboration in advance of facility renovation.
  • Model and assist with the development of wellness strategies for students, staff, and faculty.

5. Vibrant Residential Campus

Advance the goals for an innovative, integrated approach to living and learning at Elon, establish the next set of priorities to advance a vibrant residential campus, and deepen student belonging and traditions within the Elon community.

Areas of Focus

  • Expand and deepen academic-residential partnerships, increase staff and faculty engagement in the residential experiences of students, and continue to advance Elon’s nationally-recognized living-learning communities.
  • Complete and implement a housing master plan to address residential facility renovation and new construction.
  • Complete the implementation of recommendations for the Presidential Task Force on Social Climate and Out-of-Class Engagement which includes programmatic and facility recommendations such as reimagining and renovating Moseley Center as a vibrant hub of student activity.
  • Strengthen systems designed to respond to community concerns, including emergency response, student care, and restorative practices.

    6. Civic Engagement

    Prepare every student to engage with communities, developing the next generation of informed leaders motivated by the common good who will help strengthen communities and shape democracies.

    Areas of Focus

    • Incorporate civic learning, service, civic responsibility, and community partnerships across the work of multiple Student Life departments and programs.
    • Expand and deepen dialogue opportunities for students to engage with beliefs different from their own that lead to understanding multiple perspectives and discussing the common good.
    • Partner with community organizations and increase opportunities for engagement around current local, state, national, and international issues.
    • 7. Divisional Excellence

    • Advance a culture of excellence as a Student Life division, providing exceptional programs and services and supporting a team of educators committed to student success, inclusive excellence, professional growth, and wellness and well-being.

    Areas of Focus

    • Increase our effectiveness with recruiting, developing, and retaining excellent staff who are diverse in identities, backgrounds, and experiences.
    • Deepen and expand innovative professional development, coaching, and mentoring experiences that are accessible and responsive to career stages or pathways, advance intercultural learning and multifaith understanding, and promote student wellness and well-being.
    • Regularly assess divisional culture, evaluate departmental programs and services, and establish strategies and systems for continuous improvement.