Center for Access and Success

The value of community and our concern for the common good underpin our decision to create The Center for Access and Success at Elon University. The purpose of The Center is to help students from all backgrounds to have access to and succeed in higher education.  We serve individuals in our Elon University community and our surrounding communities from pre-K to adults through our current initiatives: It Takes a Village Project, The Elon Academy, The Odyssey Scholars Program and Collegiate Start@Elon. The Center also offers support to non-cohorted first-generation students.

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African and African American Studies at Elon

AAASE is an active, diverse, and vibrant community with a mission to promote the production and dissemination of knowledge about African and African-descended peoples through advocacy, learning, research, scholarship, service, and teaching. This site is designed to help students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and other visitors access important information about our curriculum, programs, events, and goals.

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Asian Studies

The Asian Studies minor at Elon offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the history, geography, religion, languages, philosophy, economics and societies of this vast, diverse continent. Students can choose from a wide range of courses dealing with the culture and history of India, China and Japan, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, environmental issues in Southeast Asia, contemporary politics in India/Pakistan, Asian film and literature and Chinese geography. They can study Chinese through the intermediate level at Elon and can study other Asian languages through the consortium and study abroad. The university also offers a unique series of Winter Term, summer and semester abroad opportunities abroad opportunities in India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and Bhutan.

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Center for Leadership

Elon students will graduate with a greater leadership self-efficacy, the desire and ability to work collaboratively within diverse communities of people, as well as have the confidence and competence to put innovative ideas into action for positive change.

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Elon Black Alumni Network

EBAN is an officially chartered affinity chapter of the Office of Alumni Engagement. Our purpose is to build, maintain and sustain collaborative relationships with black alumni through social events, networking and philanthropic purposes impacting current and future Elon students. As Elon continues to receive recognition and honors as one of the best institutions in the nation, it propels the value of our degrees.

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Elon Latinx/Hispanic Alumni Network

The Elon Latinx/Hispanic Alumni Network (ELHAN) was established to unite and represent the interests of Latinx/Hispanic alumni, students, faculty and staff. ELHAN strives to empower, connect and celebrate Elon’s Latinx/Hispanic community and seeks to increase the sensitivity and understanding of the culture and interests of our members.

Gender and LGBTQIA Center

Elon University’s Gender and LGBTQIA Center exists so LGBTQIA and Ally students & employees feel respected, safe, and valued on campus, so they may fully participate in the full array of academic, co-curricular, and leadership experiences offered at Elon University.

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Elon Hillel serves as a Jewish resource on campus committed to empowering students to make Jewish connections, building dynamic communities and generating excitement about Jewish life on campus.  We recognize and value the uniqueness of every Jewish student and are invested in their individual growth.  Through education, initiative and action, Elon Hillel aims to promote positive change and make significant contributions to the Jewish people and the world.

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Inclusive Excellence

Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing and intellectual viewpoint.

Inclusive Excellence is the shared responsibility of Elon University members to act deliberately toward equitable outcomes through:

  • collective strength derived from people of all identities, abilities and perspectives;
  • pluralistic orientation reflected in pedagogies, programs and policies;
  • and positive cross-cultural engagement at all times and in all places

Central to Elon’s mission of transforming mind, body and spirit, Inclusive Excellence requires addressing systems in ways that achieve equity and help individuals thrive.

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Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development

The Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development oversees the diversity education efforts for faculty and staff and monitors the campus wide bias and harassment response system.

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Isabella Cannon Global Education

The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center is Elon’s hub for international activity, including development and coordination of student opportunities abroad, services for international students and scholars, facilitating faculty opportunities abroad, and programming directed towards the development of an internationalized campus.

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Kernodle Center

The Kernodle Center for Civic Life engages students, faculty, staff and community partners in service that benefits the university and its surrounding community. The Kernodle Center houses Elon Volunteers!, a student-led program offering a range of volunteer activities; coordinates Elon’s signature academic service-learning programs and courses; and sponsors the Alternative Breaks Program.

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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.

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Truitt Center

The Truitt Center is a safe place for spiritual growth and interfaith exploration. Our mission is to encourage students to honor the spiritual dimension of life, be vitally connected to a faith tradition, embrace the present responsibility and the future with hope, and live the principles they value.

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