The LGBTQ+ Diversity Fund encourages activities that (1) provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, and for others in the gender spectrum (LGBTQ+), and (2) foster understanding, acceptance and tolerance in the campus community and combat prejudice and discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons with special emphasis on activities that accomplish both purposes.
To promote support and understanding, Kenyon College student organizations and groups can apply for a competitive grant through the Student LGBTQ+ Diversity Fund by completing the online application form and based upon LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee approval.
The Student LGBTQ+ Diversity Fund income will be used to provide financial resources for (but not limited to) printed materials, meetings, discussions, counseling, conferences, speakers, concerts, exhibitions and celebrations. Proposals for programming around National LGBTQ+ History Month (October), National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), Trans Day of Remembrance/Resilience (Nov. 20), LGBT Health Awareness Week (March 24-30), and Trans Day of Visibility (March 31) are especially encouraged.
It is the intention of the donor that this fund be used to support innovative and creative activities seeking to accomplish the above-described purposes, not simply to replace existing funding from other sources of routine activities. Nevertheless, these innovative and creative activities may be supported by the fund more than once.
The fund shall be administered as follows:
One-time or recurring donations to the fund can be made through the Office of Annual Giving.
Once there, simply click “Direct My Gift,” then select “Other” under the “Special Initiatives” tab. Select the amount you’d like to give, and type “Student LGBTQ+ Diversity Fund” under the “Additional Instructions” drop-down menu below. From there, complete the information to make your donation to support the goals of this Fund.
For help with gifts, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 740-427-5152.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, we have a number of events and programs that have been sponsored by the fund. For instance, many of Kenyon’s LGBTQ+ History Month programs, such as the National Coming Out Day Lecture and the transgender history book club, were sponsored by this fund. In the spring term, the fund will sponsor our programming for Trans Day of Visibility, the Kenyon Queer and Trans Studies Conference, and some of our programming for LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week.