About Black Lumen Project

The Elon University Black Lumen Project: An Equity Initiative works to enhance the Black experience at Elon in pursuit of equity and move the institution further in its commitment to inclusive excellence. It does so by acknowledging and addressing institutional anti-Blackness, which it defines as the systemic marginalization and devaluation of Black people.

The initiative, which began when the Committee on Elon History and Memory joined Universities Studying Slavery (USS) in February 2019, aims to define Black Institution — a culturally-relevant concept of connecting African & African American Studies at Elon (AAASE), Black Student Union, Black Employee Resource Group, Elon Black Alumni Network, Black Life Advisory Council, the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education (CREDE) and other entities to enhance the Black experience at Elon.

The Black Lumen Project maintains a presence on the Committee on Elon History and Memory and Elon’s membership with the national USS consortium, organizes and leads initiatives and events, and prepares an annual report on the Black experience at Elon. Additionally, the BLP works to advance Elon’s diversity, equity and inclusion curricular resources, and works with academic and student life programs and departments to amplify the Black experience across the university.

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