Ratliff, Janice


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Ratliff, Janice
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Janice Ratliff was one of the first Black people to join the staff of (then) Elon College and the first Black person for whom a campus building was named.
A native of Elon, NC, Janice Wright Ratliff joined the staff of (then) Elon College in 1981 as an administrative assistant in the Office of Cooperative Education. During her 35-year career at Elon, she worked in the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students, the Office of Student Development, the Office of Auxiliary Services, and the Office of Student Health and Wellness. Faculty advisor to Gospel Choir, Black Culture Society, Elon’s Finest. Involved in planning the Black Excellence Awards with Student Government Association. Ratliff played a vital role as a mentor to students. As one of the first Black staff members to work at Elon, she was a transformative presence for Elon’s Black community. She was honored as Staff Member of the Year in 2006. The Elon Black Alumni Network recognized honored her for her support with Black students. The Student Government Association recognized her contributions by naming the award for Student Organization Member of the Year in her honor. In 2017 she was awarded the Elon Medallion, Elon’s highest honor which is presented to retirees to recognize their years of service and contributions to the university and its people. She retired from Elon in 2016.
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