The Kernodle Center inspires, educates, and prepares students and campus to partner with diverse communities to address local and global challenges, and gain a deeper understanding of their responsibility to actively contribute to civic life. The center serves as the convener of community-based engaged and experiential student learning opportunities in collaboration with faculty, staff, and community partners to address the common good.


Advance a national civic engagement model that prepares students and campus to engage with local and global communities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify as engaged citizens and scholars who partner with local, regional, national, and global communities to creatively impact society’s most pressing needs. (Self)
  • Understand and appreciate the need for justice, equity, and fairness for all members of a community. (Communities and Culture)
  • Consider and appreciate the value of diverse beliefs, ideas, and worldviews. (Communities and Culture)
  • Connect knowledge and experiences from their own academic discipline to their work with communities. (Knowledge)
  • Develop the necessary skills to be active citizens and informed leaders who contribute to our democracy. (Skills)
  • Learn how to explore and reflect on core personal values. (Values)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively with communities to advance the common good and reflect on the impact of one’s actions. (Public Action)

Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

Elon University is currently classified by the Carnegie Classification through their elective community engagement classification.  To learn more about the classification click here.