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Elon University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
50 Campus Drive
Elon, North Carolina 27244
Phone
(336) 278-2000
Email address
admissions@elon.edu
School Information
"Elon is a selective, mid-sized private university renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning. Students work closely with faculty who are dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs." The university has more than 7,100 students and 447 full-time faculty, with over 60 majors available. (Source: https://www.elon.edu/u/nav-about/) (Source: https://www.elon.edu/u/about/elon-at-a-glance/facts-and-figures/)
General Information
In addition to requiring students to undergo anti-racist training, Elon University has announced that its faculty will infuse "inclusive pedagogy" into their curricula. The university announced that it will infuse anti-racist content throughout its curriculum. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • New and Returning Students will be required to take anti-racist training.
  • Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds's book "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" was selected as the 2021-2022 common reading for incoming students and "will serve as a starting point for conversations about racism in the United States."
  • One of the authors of the 2021-2022 Common Reading, Jason Reynolds, delivered the Common Reading lecture "focused on his work on this year's selection, 'Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.'"
  • The Periclean Scholars Class of 2024 was "busy engaging with antiracist writing and thinking, and serving as peer-educators across multiple campus spaces" during the Fall 2021 semester. Specifically, they "chose to deeply engage with the common reading on 'Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You' by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and further explore the complex history documented in this text" and "transferred a condensed version of this timeline onto poster boards and created a collection of interactive exercises and in-depth discussion questions related to both this history and antiracist action."
  • The university announced, "In fall 2020, Student Involvement, New Student Programs and the Center for Race, Equity & Diversity Education implemented anti-racism programs and offerings for new and returning students. These efforts were incorporated in new student orientation and student leader training."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Faculty will be responsible for infusing “inclusive pedagogy” into their curricula.
  • Infuse anti-racist content throughout the curriculum.
  • The university is in the process of infusing "Anti-Racist Content and Pedagogy throughout the Curriculum." The university said, "Building upon existing efforts in the Core Curriculum and Elon 101, Academic Council launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Team to examine processes and practices across the university with a goal of remedying areas where inequities exist. This DEI team will explore ways to increase intercultural consciousness, hold all faculty responsible for making their teaching more inclusive and assess and reward positive efforts so that further progress can be made."
  • The existing Diversity Course Database "will be retooled and organized with courses that include substantial content related to social identity and social justice related to systems of oppression in the United States."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The university president called for a "redesign of Elon’s bias response system to be as effective and transparent as the law allows." Specifically, the university president requested "a public dashboard that provides the Elon community with data regarding incidents of racism on campus as well as the actions taken by the university."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • As part of a requirement for the "Associate Director of The Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education" position, the university requires "at least 3-5 years of progressive post master's experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work or a related functional area in higher education" and, "Theoretical knowledge of student development, identity formation, racial equity, and social justice."
  • The university said, "Going forward, all future merit pay increases for faculty and staff will be based in part on their commitment to professional development related to diversity, equity and inclusion."
  • The university said that it will, "Implement Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Anti-Bias Training For All Employees." The university said, "The Office of Human Resources will immediately enforce the university policy of requiring all faculty and staff to participate in an online training program titled 'Preventing Harassment & Discrimination for Higher Education.' This training includes modules that address discriminatory behavior, inclusivity, microaggression and bystander intervention."
Resources
  • Belk Library posted a compilation of "Anti-Racism Resources".
  • The Belk Library also has an "Anti-Racism Resources" page, which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" and Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."
  • A university official has been promoted to "the new position of Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence." The official's "responsibilities cross all divisions of the university and he provides transparent leadership on Elon’s progress in the important goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university is planning to, "Develop and Implement a New Procedure for Naming and Renaming Campus Spaces."
Last updated September 13th, 2022
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