Elon welcomes Leon Williams, the new director of the multicultural center

Miriam Williamson

Leon Williams is the new director of the multicultural center.

The multicultural center is open to every student, of every culture – not just minorities.

This is something Leon Williams, the new director of the multicultural center, wants to make more well-known.

“What we need to establish is a broader perspective of diversity and strengthen the cultural awareness of unique diversities on campus,” Williams said.

To do this, Williams plans to intensify programs to promote cultural awareness and respect, as well as overall awareness of the multicultural programs at Elon.

He complimented the efforts Elon has already made, saying that the staff at Elon, the multicultural center staff and L’ Tanya Richmond, the previous director of the multicultural center, have already made great progress.

“Ms. Richmond did a great job,” said Ashley Jenkins, student program coordinator of S.M.A.R.T. “She did everything she could for Elon. We’re all very glad to have [Williams].”

For Williams, one of his main focuses is integration.

“Anytime you’re implementing diversity, one of the challenges in higher education is integration,” he said.

He wants to encourage the implementation of integration in every aspect of life in the Elon community: academic, co-curricular and even in the community outside of the university.

Smith Jackson included this as one of the goals he said he hopes to see Williams achieve.

“It is for all students,” Jackson said. “Students want to know others that are different from them. It will expand from African Americans to other minorities and then include all students.”

Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications, meets Leon Williams' wife, Rochelle, at a reception in the multicultural center.

Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications, meets Leon Williams' wife, Rochelle at a reception in the multicultural center.

Williams, his wife Rochelle and their two children, Sierra, 10, and Elijah, 4, moved to Elon from Storm Lake, Iowa, where he was the director of intercultural programs for eight years. While there, he oversaw diversity initiatives, recruitment, retention and co-curriculum.

“We built support systems for students to connect with campus and to assist with the transition,” Williams said.

With experience as an assistant football coach on a collegiate level, sports are a major part of Williams’ life.
Students should expect to see him in the weight room and working out on campus.

“I’m excited about joining intramurals,” he said. “But no one has approached me yet!”

All students can be a part of the multicultural center and the services it offers. To get involved, students can e-mail Williams at lwilliams25@elon.edu, call the center at (336) 278-7299, or even just stop by Moseley 221.

The multicultural center offers several information sessions where students can learn about the services that are available.

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One Comment on “Elon welcomes Leon Williams, the new director of the multicultural center”

  1. Janna Says:

    Good start on this profile. Nice use of the photography.

    There are some problems. The town he is from is Storm Lake, Iowa, not “Strom.”

    The following paragraph is not complete – information is missing:

    He complimented the efforts Elon has already made, saying that the staff at Elon, the multicultural center staff and L’ Tanya Richmond, the previous director of the multicultural center.

    Don’t “invite” people to do things – don’t advocate, report. I suggest you leave the “Williams invites” out.

    Also, you should briefly note where L’Tanya Richmond went – we generally do that in a story like this, so those who didn’t know she had left get an idea of where she is now.

    What is SBSC and S.M.A.R.T.? Sometimes when people have complicated titles, it is better to just simplify them – ask them if it is OK if you refer to them by another title, such as “program assistant,” etc.


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