The purpose of Kenyon Listens is to create opportunities for meaningful conversations that foster a connected community in which we treat each other with respect and understanding.  

Who should participate?

Any student, faculty or staff member that would like to share a meal and meaningful conversation with someone they may not normally interact with. No specialized knowledge or preparation is required or needed.  

What can I expect?

Participants will join approximately six others at a round table, introduce themselves, then respond to three conversation prompts, one at a time. The questions are designed to explore your lived experiences so that others may understand what makes you unique.  The hope is that participants leave having learned a little bit more about others in their community and also feel like they have had an opportunity to share their authentic selves. All questions are designed to be answerable by anyone and everyone attending. Preview conversation prompts.

When is it?

Over lunch (12 - 1 p.m.) and dinner (6 - 7 p.m.) on the dates listed below. Faculty and staff meals are provided free of charge by signing in under the Ombuds Office at the Peirce Hall servery.

  • Monday, Jan. 22, 2024: "What is Community for You"
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 2024: "The Insider/Outsider Experience"
  • Monday, Apr. 22, 2024: "Socio-economic Differences"

Where is it?

Peirce Lounge (Peirce Hall, 109).

How do I participate?

Although registration is not required, it is appreciated for planning purposes.  

Civility Rules Pledge

Participants will be asked to voluntarily abide by the Civility Rules Pledge, in order to best support exploring ideas, learning from others and connection.

Can I host my own conversation?

YES! You can hold your own Kenyon Listens conversation by following a host guide, or by emailing the Ombuds Office to arrange another meeting time.