Racial Equity & Social Justice Consulting

The Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education (CREDE) offers tailored consulting for Elon students, faculty, and staff to work toward equity and justice in their classes, schools, organizations, clubs, teams, centers, and departments. We empower our campus organizations, offices, departments, and centers to include a consciousness of identities, particularly around race, as well as an orientation to equity and justice as an integral part of their work. This process may include: 1) training, dialogues, and workshops to move our partners to a common understanding of complex issues; 2) analysis and assessment of current practices; and 3) planning and strategy to improve outcomes. Contact us at crede@elon.edu or 336-278-7243 to start consulting with the CREDE staff.

Race, Reflection, and Discussion Series

Since the June 2015 fatal shootings of nine black people by a white man at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, the CREDE staff has facilitated faculty and staff discussions on race and racism in our communities. Each Thursday during July, colleagues gather for an extended lunch and learn professional development opportunity co-sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Professional Development. Over a provided meal, participants engage in discussions about race-related prompts, questions, and videos that create a shared basis for exploring this socially constructed concept. The CREDE staff serve as facilitators who create space for sharing new information, challenge conventional thinking by making the invisible visible, and provide skills for engaging in constructive discussions on race.

Race-nicity Lunch Series

Several times throughout the year, the CREDE hosts events for faculty and staff to come together and discuss a particular book/article over lunch. This is an opportunity for the campus community to engage in open dialogue about race and ethnicity.

In place of Race-nicity in November 2017, we are bringing in a fall speaker:

Title: Fostering Fortitude: Mental Health and College Students of Color

Time & Location: Thursday, 11/30/17 at 6:00pm in McKinnon Hall

**We will be having a reception in the CREDE at 4:00pm on 11/30/17 to meet Dr. Crumb. We would love your company!**

The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE), in partnership with Counseling Services, is pleased to invite you to the CREDE’s Fall Speaker Program. Dr. Loni Crumb, an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions at East Carolina University, will deliver a lecture on Fostering Fortitude: Mental Health and College Students of Color.

Research has shown the increase in mental health concerns for college students across various demographics. This lecture separates this data and focuses on how mental health affects academic and social persistence of students of color and will provide the campus community with strategies for interprofessional collaboration.  Please consider attending and inviting your students to this lecture.

Dr. Loni Crumb is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions at East Carolina University and a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Prior to her current role, Dr. Crumb served as Director of Student Development and Counseling in the College of Nursing at ECU and as a College Counselor at Georgia State University – Perimeter College.  Dr. Crumb received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia, M.A. in Education and Community Counseling from Clark Atlanta University, and B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University. She has authored scholarly publications and professional presentations related to counseling and wellness, student affairs in higher education, and holistic college student development.  Her research interests include college student mental health, promoting retention and persistence of underserved students in higher education, counseling in rural areas, and social justice and multicultural training.

Her recent publication is:

Crumb, L., & Haskins, N. (2017). An integrative approach: Relational Cultural Theory

and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in college counseling. Journal of College Counseling, 20(3), 263-277.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cherrel Miller-Dyce at cdyce@elon.edu.

Faculty and Staff Receptions

Each fall semester, the CREDE invites all faculty and staff to attend a reception to welcome new faculty and staff of varying ethnic and racial identities.  This event celebrates their contributions to the Elon community and supports Elon’s abiding commitment to sustain a campus climate where differences are embraced and each member feels respected and valued as a unique individual.

Graduate School Preparation

The CREDE provides graduate school preparation in partnership with the Student Professional Development Center. Additionally, Dr. Cherrel Miller Dyce, CREDE’s faculty fellow, advises students of the various pathways to graduate and professional schools.