2019 Intersect Conference

Thank you to the 280+ students, faculty, and staff that participated in the 2019 Intersect Conference. Attendees from Elon and 13 additional colleges and universities participated in 36 educational sessions and 23 roundtable discussions. This year’s conference theme was “ImPossible,” featuring keynote addresses from Dr. Jonathan McElderry and Payton Head. For more information about the 2019 Intersect Conference, please read the Today at Elon article, review the conference schedule, or read about our keynote speakers.

2020 Intersect Conference

The 2020 Intersect Conference is currently scheduled for October 7th, 2020. Please check back regarding updates to the conference, which will be informed by Elon’s operational plan and North Carolina’s guidance for phased re-opening of our nation.

About Intersect

In accordance with Elon University’s commitment to diversity and global engagement and the fostering of respect for human differences, the Center for Leadership, and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, and the Gender and LGBTQIA Center have collaborated to provide attendees with an unprecedented look at the disciplines of diversity, leadership, and the cross-sections of the two. Intersect educates students, faculty, and staff on topics of diversity and leadership. In previous years, these topics were explored through two independent conferences: the Diversity Leadership Conference and the Leadership Development Institute.

During this conference, participants will engage in dialogue, reflection, and training through keynote speakers, workshops, and lunch and learns. The conference pillars work to inspire participants to create positive change for the common good in their organizations and community.

Conference Pillars

Oppression, social change, power & privilege, and organizational development are the four pillars of the Intersect Conference. These pillars were chosen because they represent the intersectionality of leadership and diversity. Our understanding of these concepts will not only inform our understanding, but also our ability to engage in meaningful conversations and behaviors.

Conference Participation

Intersect is FREE for Elon students, faculty, and staff. Attendees from surrounding communities and other colleges and universities can attend Intersect for a registration fee. Registration costs for the 2020 Intersect Conference are yet to be determined.


If you have specific questions, please contact Sylvia Muñoz, Associate Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (336-278-6516), Becca Bishopric Patterson, Assistant Director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center (336-278-7285), or Melanie Bullock, Director of the Center for Leadership (336-278-5323).