Alumni Affinity Networks

Led by alumni and supported by the Office of Alumni Engagement, Elon’s affinity networks unite and represent the interests of alumni who share common identities and connections, promote an inclusive environment and help raise financial resources for the university’s efforts. Networks are created as other affinity groups organize. Current affinity networks include:

Black Life Advisory Council

Established in 2017, the Black Life Advisory Council advises the president and senior staff. Its membership consists primarily of a small group of parents and alumni. The council will be expanded to include faculty, staff and students. The council will annually be invited to a joint meeting with Elon’s Black Alumni Network, one of the university’s most engaged and active alumni affinity networks.

Committee on Elon History and Memory

Founded in 2018, the Committee on Elon History and Memory was charged with examining the university’s institutional history in a transparent, participatory and intellectually rigorous manner, and guaranteeing that we tell Elon’s story in a manner consistent with Elon’s values. After two years of work, the committee released a detailed report that focuses on the experiences of Black members of the Elon community throughout its history and explores ways to improve policies and procedures regarding Elon’s commemorative practices going forward.

Read the full Committee on Elon History and Memory report

Council on Civic Engagement

The Council on Civic Engagement is the central group responsible for promoting civic engagement activities across campus. Elon serves as one of the model campuses for the Carnegie Classification on Civic Engagement and is recognized as one of the nation’s top universities for community service.

President’s Advisory Council on Inclusive Excellence

Founded in February 2020, the President’s Advisory Council on Inclusive Excellence serves as an on-campus advisory body for the president and is comprised of action-oriented subcommittees of faculty and staff, who serve as institutional champions for inclusive excellence. The council meets regularly to align strategic initiatives and emerging topics with a culture of inclusive excellence. The subcommittees include:

  • Campus climate and assessment, which focuses on collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data, as well as communicating campus climate information to members of the Elon community.
  • Education and development, which focuses on supporting intercultural learning opportunities for students, as well as professional development for colleagues.
  • Infrastructure and policies, which focuses on building and stewarding institutional resources for inclusive excellence initiatives, as well as examining institutional policies and practices related to equity.


  • Damion Blake
    Associate Professor, Political Science & Policy Studies
  • Kirstin Boswell
    University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement
  • Vanessa Bravo
    Associate Professor, Strategic Communications
  • Laké Laosebikan-Buggs
    Director of Inclusive Excellence for Graduate and Professional Education
  • Naeemah Clark
    Professor, Communications / Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, Elon Core Curriculum
  • Carolyn Desalu
    Assistant Professor of Journalism
  • Jon Dooley
    VP for Student Life
  • Carla Fullwood
    Director of Inclusive Excellence Education and Development
  • Luis Garay
    Director of the Gender and LGBTQIA Center
  • Nick Gozik
    Dean of  Global Education
  • Heidi Hollingsworth
    Associate Professor of Education
  • Elena Kennedy
    Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship
  • Gerald Knight
    Associate Professor, Music
  • Deandra Little
    Assistant Provost and Director of CATL
  • Stacy Outlaw
    Director of Undergraduate Programs
  • Jean Rattigan-Rohr
    VP for Access and Success
  • Keren Rivas
    Director of Publications
  • Wendy Scott
    Associate Dean for Academic Success
  • Faith Shearer
    Associate Athletics Director & Senior Woman Administrator
  • Kelli Shuman
    Associate VP for HR & Chief HR Officer
  • Nita Skillman
    Director of the Client and Standardized Patient Program
  • Jozi Snowberger
    Senior Director of Parent Engagement
  • Rob Springer
    Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Jeff Stein
    VP for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
  • Randy Williams
    VP and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence
  • Susan Wise
    Director of Disabilities Resources