The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) strives to enhance the academic achievement and personal development of underrepresented students at Kenyon.
These students include, but are not limited to, those of varying racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, and religious affiliations. The office also seeks to foster an environment that is committed to and genuinely appreciative of multiculturalism and diversity.
The office offers programs and services to foster an environment in which all students can thrive. These programs and services include, but are not limited to, KEEP (Kenyon Educational Enrichment Program), academic success and leadership programs, and the mentoring program REACH (Recognizing Each Other’s Ability to Conquer the Hill). In addition to these programs and services, the office provides a cultural support system for students who may not feel comfortable in Kenyon’s broader community. Two student-supervised centers, Snowden Multicultural Center and Unity House, are essential components of the support system. Snowden’s programs educate the Kenyon community about the value of a diverse cultural environment, and Unity House provides educational programs about issues pertaining to Kenyon’s LGBTQ community and allies. Unity House also provides a welcoming and supportive space for LGBTQ students and allies.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion also supports programming to educate the campus community about various cultures and social justice issues. Typical programs include Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and LGBTQ Awareness Month. The office often partners with Kenyon faculty, Snowden Multicultural Center, Unity House, and other cultural student organizations in the planning of events.
Finally, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves as a resource center for students and members of the administration, faculty, and staff interested in ethnic and cultural books, videos, journals, and magazines.