Display boards offer space for Elon community to reflect on past year

Every Tuesday through the end of the semester, Elon students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by Young Commons to fill display boards with their reflections about the past year and their hopes for the future.

Following more than a year of lockdowns, mask-wearing and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Elon University community will have the opportunity to reflect on a challenging year.

The Elon Innovation Council is calling on Elon students, faculty and staff to share the lessons they’ve learned during the pandemic, as well as their hopes for a brighter future, at a set of chalk display boards at Young Commons. Anyone in the community is welcome to leave messages on the boards every Tuesday through the end of the semester.

“We know this community has learned many important things during this challenging year that we want to take forward as we come back better,” said Caroline Ketcham, Elon Innovation Council member and professor of exercise science. “We want to hear about what spaces, resources, relationships, activities, and opportunities people found to support their learning and well-being.”

Those who cannot make it to one of the physical boards can leave messages on the virtual board that is available to the campus community here.

The Elon Innovation Council members involved in this project include Ketcham, Haya Ajjan, associate dean of the Love School of Business and Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship; Danielle Lake, director of design thinking; Sean McMahon, associate professor of entrepreneurship; and Qian Xu, associate professor of strategic communications.

To learn more about the entire Elon Innovation Council and its work, visit the Elon Innovates website here.