Mi Gente Mission

To provide an inclusive environment for Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty, and staff to feel respected and celebrated.

Events & Programs

Signature Events

Café con Leche

This is an open monthly gathering for Latinx/Hispanic students to meet each other and discuss informally what college life at Elon is like for them. This forum is a space for Latinx/Hispanic students to learn from each other and help create a support system at Elon.

Café con Leche is always in El Centro and from 5:30-7PM – the dates for Spring 2024 Café con Leche’s are:

  • Thursday, February 15th
  • Wednesday, March 20th
  • Tuesday, April 23rd

If you’d like to RSVP, email MJ Larrazabal (mlarrazabal@elon.edu).


Conexiones is a partnership between El Centro & Elon Admissions that aims to ease the transition of accepted Latinx/Hispanic students to Elon by connecting them with current Latinx/Hispanic students at Elon.

For more information on this program, email Kimberly Romero, Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity and Access (kromero@elon.edu).


Spring Events

¡Celebremos!: Graduates Take Flight

A stole ceremony dedicated to celebrating the efforts and successes of the graduating Latinx/Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students.

This semester, we will hold a Celebremos for December graduates. December’s ¡Celebremos!: Graduates Take Flight ceremony will take place Thursday, December 7th from 11-12:30pm in Lakeside. 

Carnaval Celebration!

A joint effort between El Centro & CREDE to celebrate Afro-Latinx culture – happens annually in February/March.

Photos from Carnaval 2023 *must use Elon credentials to view photos.


Fall Events

Hispanic Heritage Month – Each Fall, we host a variety of events from September 15th through October 15th to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! During the 2023-2024 academic year, we are extending events until the second week in November. The events for HHM 2023 are:



Through administrative relief, DACA was established on June 15, 2012, to provide protection to qualifying individuals who entered the United States as children. Deferred action means to defer removal or deportation of these individuals from the United States. Mainly, qualifying individuals will be granted protection from deportation for two years, subject to renewal, and be eligible for a work permit.

Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Inclusive Excellence

Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development

The Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development (OIEED) serves as an institutional hub for the creation and support of inclusive practice and equity development for all members of the Elon community.

Center for Access and Success

The Center for Access and Success aims to provide support for Elon University students and the Elon community to have access to and succeed in higher education through It Takes a Village Project, Odyssey Program and Elon Academy.

Gender and LGBTQIA Center

The GLC partners across campus to support, advocate and educate around gender and LGBTQIA identities to create an inclusive campus community of equity, justice, and academic excellence.

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center

The Global Education Center is the hub for all things abroad. It provides services for international study abroad and Study USA programs. It also provides services and resources for international students.

Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education

The CREDE is not only a physical space on campus but also a center of support for ALANAM communities and a resource of student diversity education campus-wide.

Disability Resources

The mission of Disabilities Resources is to support a diverse population of students with disabilities, providing them with appropriate and equal access to the University’s curricula, buildings, programs, and other services.

Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

The Truitt Center is a safe place for spiritual growth, worldview exploration, and interfaith engagement.

Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies minor offers an opportunity to study one of the most diverse and fascinating regions of the world. It enables students to supplement their major with coursework in two or more disciplines that explore the ways in which Latin Americans have expressed their culture and identity through language, literature, and the arts.

Courses in the minor investigate the collective aspirations of Latin Americans through their social and political behavior, cultural priorities, and responses to community, national and international issues as well as the physical environment. With an area two and one half times larger than the United States and a population nearly twice that of the U.S., Latin America is a region of growing significance. Hemispheric relationships are expanding in terms of trade, immigration and cultural expression.

The minor addresses Latin America as an important region of intrinsic interest, allowing students pursuing any major to expand their understanding of the history, social dynamics and cultural diversity of the area. The minor is beneficial to students interested in careers in teaching, law, health care, business, communications, the arts, nonprofits, government and other fields, and for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees with emphasis on area studies or foreign language.

Latin American Studies Coordinator: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Juan Leal-Ugalde.

Spanish Program

The Spanish program at Elon offers many opportunities for students. Besides offering a major and minor, we offer multiple study abroad opportunities, an honor society, and a rigorous senior colloquium. Teaching licensure in Spanish is also an option for those interested in entering the education field.

Contact by emaillanguages@elon.edu

Polyglot Floor

The Polyglot Floor is open to all students who wish to engage with world languages currently taught at Elon (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Spanish). Lecturer in Spanish, Ricardo Mendoza, serves as an advisor to the Polyglot LLC and provides a link between the social atmosphere of the learning community and the academic content of the department.

For more information, please contact Professor Mendoza (rmendoza@elon.edu).