Diversity at Kenyon means actively engaging with difference—different kinds of people, different cultures, a multiplicity of ideas and opinions. We're a community that values tolerance and mutual respect, and this spirit of openness to others embraces race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality.
We put these beliefs into practice by welcoming students and faculty from throughout the country and the world—people of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and perspectives. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) helps support a range of activities and student organizations, from Adelante (focusing on Hispanic culture), to the Black Student Union, to the Asian Awareness Club. These groups fill the calendar with performances, lectures, dinners, and festivals. Kenyon also has an active GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community, which sponsors events as well as workshops and awareness-building sessions. The Board of Spiritual and Religious Life assists campus religious organizations, including several Christian groups, Hillel (the Jewish organization) and groups devoted to Eastern religious practices.