The Snowden Multicultural Center provides a programming and social space for Kenyon students, and the events and programs in pursuit of the center's mission are guided by the student managers and other student leaders.
Explore the information below to find out more about some of the student organizations that work to create events and programs centered on racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
A number of multicultural organizations at Kenyon create opportunities for meaningful student engagement in addition to professional development and social support. These organizations actively contribute to various aspects of the mission for the Snowden Multicultural Center.
The Adelante Latinx Student Association is a campus wide organization whose main objective is supporting Latinx students and promoting a sense of community on campus. Through lectures, films, publications, and other social and educational events, it is our purpose to engage the Kenyon community with a larger cultural and social understanding of the Latin American/Latinx community here at Kenyon and abroad to increase awareness of its rich and complex history. As a support system, we strive to help each of our members through individual and collective problems, which has proven beneficial for our members’ success at Kenyon.
The African Students Association is committed to nourishing cultural, intellectual, political and economic awareness about the African continent.
Our goal is to provide a space for anyone of the African diaspora and seek to produce engaging events in an effort to increase dialogue about the various cultures present in the diaspora. In addition, we hope to be an open door and community for those native to the African diaspora and those interested in it. The Black Student Union is an inclusive space for all.
Chinese Culture Club (CCC) seeks to explore Chinese history and culture with the Kenyon community. Through monthly meetings, we will cover a wide variety of topics, from dynasties to traditional literature to authentic cuisine, etc., and prepare special events. We hope the community will have a richer understanding of the breadth and depth of Chinese culture and will enjoy it.
Indigenous Nations at Kenyon was established to raise awareness of Indigenous issues, Indigenous identity and Indigenous presence in the Kenyon community. INK strives to educate the Kenyon community about Indigenous people through workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, forums and by bringing speakers to campus.
To be the voice of international students on campus, to address international student issues and to raise awareness about global and cross-cultural issues through programs and events.
KJAS brings together fans of Japanese Animation and introduces the Kenyon community to animation as a viable and diverse artistic medium.
The Japanese Culture Club seeks to give interested students the opportunities to learn about both traditional Japanese culture and modern popular culture. From culturally-themed trips to Columbus to more casual on-campus events, members will experience various aspects of Japanese culture through its food, music, crafts, games, films and more. Some of our ideas for future meetings include making sushi, mochi, and/or matcha; learning about Japanese history, mythology, holidays, and/or games; having a mini manga book club; and maybe even singing karaoke.
Kenyon Asian Identities creates an inter-sectional alliance that brings together all Asian/Asian American people, our issues, and our relationships with other minority groups.
Men of Color is an organization dedicated to the success, fellowship, and social stability of male students of color at Kenyon. We are dedicated to building and strengthening diversity at Kenyon, while helping to recruit, retain, and support men of color on campus. Our organization exists as a forum for our members to express themselves, understand each other’s experiences, and educate others in order to transcend the misunderstandings and stereotypes that may be held by society. As a brotherhood, we strive for greatness in every sense of the word. We strive to develop ourselves from within, and we seek to use our own growth and perspective to support and enrich Kenyon College.
The Middle East Student Association was founded to raise awareness of Middle Eastern and Islamicate culture and politics through mediums such as student forums, movie screenings, charitable fundraisers, guest lecturers, artistic exhibitions, community events, and semi-annual publications. As such, our main focus is not simply disseminating the "culture" of the Middle East and Islamicate World, but rather spreading awareness about world issues that affect our everyday lives. We actively seek to incorporate students from a myriad of backgrounds. Our members include American, Arab, Jewish and international students. We are not an organization that seeks to serve only a distinct group; our organization strives to act as a conduit for all Kenyon students to learn about Middle Eastern politics, societies, and cultures.
QTPOC is a student-run organization that supports the needs of LGBTQ+ students of color, and as such, this group is reserved for students who identify within that community.
Sisterhood is an organization that unifies Kenyon's women of color through fellowship and discussion. Sisterhood aims to explore issues faced by women of color on and off campus.
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in STEM.
The South Asian Society encourages discourse among the student body at the College by initiating conversations pertaining to South Asia and raising awareness about its diverse traditions and experiences. The Society’s definition of South Asia includes, but is not limited to, the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as South Asian diaspora communities in six continents. The organization seeks to develop student interest in South Asia and South Asian diaspora communities. The group raises awareness about the diverse cultures and religions as well as the political and socio-economic issues of the region through scholarly, cultural and experiential programming. We actively engage in dialogue with the campus about South Asian issues. We provide the Kenyon community opportunities to explore the multi-faceted nature of South Asian identities and experiences.
Oftentimes, to identify as simply American or Caribbean can be an inadequate descriptor of a person's identity in terms of ethnonational ties. As we continue to negotiate the interaction between culture and borders we begin to understand that singular national identification has its limits. This organization allows us to think about our own identities in a Transnational sense. As an organization, we want to develop a network and engage a constituency of student organizations dedicated to the various affinity groups. We want to provide students of Caribbean ancestry and their friends with tools to explore their own culture and humanity.
A Kpop club that learns and potentially performs Kpop dances and shares music, while also discussing the positives and problems of the Kpop industry. (We may also do some J-pop dances, depending on the members opinions).
Start a New Organization
If you are interested in starting a new organization that supports the mission of the Snowden Multicultural Center, please let the current student managers know. The center will be happy to provide logistical advice and support to new organizations, who are interested in forming in the future.
For more information on starting a new student organization, please refer to the policies of the Office of Student Engagement.