Part of Elon’s Core Values

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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Boldly Elon

Boldly Elon, the university’s strategic plan for 2030, promotes a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all experience belonging and well- being. The previous strategic plan, the Elon Commitment, declared an unprecedented commitment to diversity and global engagement. As a result, Elon is measurably better across many dimensions and is more inclusive and representative of our world. This impressive progress has created a strong foundation for the critical work ahead.

To create a community that fosters deeper learning and prepares students to lead in communities around the globe, we will increase the number of students, faculty and staff from many perspectives, backgrounds and experiences, expand support networks and advance intercultural competency and multifaith learning.

Navigating Diversity, Inclusive Excellence, and Global Engagement at Elon

At Elon University we seek an inclusive environment wherein differences are valued and integrated into every aspect of campus in order to prepare globally engaged citizens. 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. We recognize this work is continuous, multifaceted, and intersectional. Two important components of this work are education and support.

Centers Supporting Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Student Diversity Education

Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

  • Religion
  • Worldview (religious and secular)

Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Bias and Harassment
  • Faculty/Staff Diversity Education

Gender and LGBTQIA Center

  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender

Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning

  • Support for inclusive teaching and classrooms
  • Consultations, workshops, grants, and web resources

Center for Access and Success

  • Educational Access
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • First Generation

Disabilities Resources

  • Disabilities

Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

  • Bias and Gendered-based Violence Response
  • Diversity Education and Training

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center

  • Nationality
  • Place of Origin

Center for Research on Global Engagement

  • Fostering mentoring and scholarship of global engagement
  • Develop national and international partnerships
  • Share researched best practices in global education