Black Community at Elon

The CREDE aims to provide services and programs that support the collegiate experience of African American/Black students while sharing and educating the rest of the community on the culture of the African American/Black population in the United States and abroad. The CREDE seeks to meet the needs of our ever-changing student population through advising, outreach, referrals, and collaborative initiatives. We offer a variety of programs that range in focus. Whether it is simply a social, an educational or a cultural program, or a professional networking event, our vibrant mix of programs is aimed to unite, strengthen, and celebrate Elon’s African American/Black community. Contact Simone Royal for more information (

Some of the programs/services for African American/Black students include:

Black Student Union (BSU)

The Elon University Black Student Union is a student organization whose primary objective is to cultivate a continuous relationship with the administration, Black faculty and staff, and Black students on campus. The BSU’s mission is to engage Black-identified undergraduate students and enrich student life at Elon university culturally, intellectually, and socially; to ensure the full ongoing administrative commitment of fair, equitable policies; and to strengthen and support the bonds of community between Black Elon students and the larger Elon and Burlington communities.

Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards

The Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards Banquet started in 1993. At the awards ceremony each spring, black students who have shown excellence in academics and the Elon Experiences are recognized. This banquet serves as an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the black community and as an incentive for all black students to continue to excel academically. See more information about the Phillips Perry Awards.

S.M.A.R.T Mentor Program

The Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent program is designed to ease the transition from high school to college, both academically and socially, for first-year students.  The SMART Program centers the experiences of the ALANAM community through a Community Cultural Wealth Model. First-year students learn from upper-level classmates who are trained to provide guidance and support to make Elon University a more welcoming environment. See more information about the SMART program.

Wall of Fame

Created as an opportunity to educate students, faculty, and staff about the major achievements of African American students and organizations that foster African American culture at Elon, the Wall of Fame is the centerpiece of Elon’s African American Resource Room.  The exhibit traces the accomplishments of African Americans at the University from the first black graduate, to the first black Greek organization. See more information about the Wall of Fame.