The Rural Life Initiative continues the legacy of Kenyon’s Rural Life Center, begun in 1998. Under the auspices of the Office for Community Partnerships, and in collaboration with the Office for Green Initiatives, the Rural Life Initiative promotes education, scholarship and public projects about Knox County. In partnership with our surrounding community, the Rural Life Initiative seeks to ensure the vitality of rural life in a rapidly changing society.
Established in 1998, the Rural Life Center (RLC) was an award-winning model of college-community engagement. RLC activities advanced Kenyon’s educational mission while addressing community needs and interests. The Rural Life Center aimed to sustain rural character, promote dialogue and provide models for educators and organizations nationwide. The RLC was a pioneer in mainstreaming academic study of rural life throughout the curriculum. Coursework, independent studies, summer internships and extracurricular activities shared local knowledge and addressed regional issues by means of public projects. In all its efforts, the RLC educated students into the community.