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Kenyon College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
103 College Rd
Gambier, Ohio 43022
(740) 427-5000
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School Information
"1) We come to Gambier, Ohio, from every region of the country and corner of the globe to focus on very big things in a small, wide-open space. 2) We invented the model of professors serving as academic advisors, because when teaching and mentoring go hand-in-hand, Kenyon students come out on top. 3) We believe that good writing is good thinking, and that the ability to put words to ideas moves us closer to a shared understanding." The college enrolls over 1,700 students, as well as offering 50 majors, minors, and concentrations. (Source: (Source:
General Information
In addition to providing education on racism and anti-racism as a resource for Kenyon College community members, the college has also taken steps to revisit its relationship with local law enforcement, recommending anti-racism and mental health training. Furthermore, a new committee was formed to review community proposals for and financial allocations for anti-racism initiatives. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Education on racism and anti-racism will be provided to members of the Kenyon College community.
  • The Kenyon Collegian reports, "In the 2019-2020 academic year, one proposal brought in Dr. Tanya Williams of Authentic Coaching & Consulting to conduct sessions on diversity, equity and inclusion for faculty, staff and students. Williams has continued holding workshops during the 2020-21 academic year as well, with an additional focus on 'building the knowledge and the capacities of the Kenyon community,' according to the report."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Computing Program at Kenyon "aim[s] to build and maintain a program in computing whose curriculum, scholarship and culture continuously challenge historical and ongoing systems of oppression and unfairness, and...will expand our notions of what constitutes a computational education, such that equity and antiracism are infused into our work and the outcomes of that work."
  • Kenyon College lists its Spring 2023 courses that satisfy its "diversity requirement for majors" which include "Gender & Sexuality in Latinx America" and "Race in the Nineteenth Century Imagination."
Program and Research Funding
  • New “Resource Advisory Committee” will review community proposals for anti-racism initiatives and determine the allocation of Collee funds towards anti-racism initiatives.
  • The College's Anti-Racism Resource Advisory Committee " has evaluated and funded four anti-racism proposals from the fall semester, submitted by members of the Kenyon community, and is anticipating at least two more in the near future. They are actively encouraging more project proposals, which may include educational activities or funding toward research projects," according to the Kenyon Collegian.
  • Kenyon offers a variety of scholarship and grant programs aimed at assisting "underrepresented" students.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Kenyon College will be recommending mental health training and anti-racism training for local law enforcement officers.
  • The college hosted a "Crossroads Anti-Racism Conversation."
  • The Kenyon English Department offers a course titled "Race in the 19th-Century Literary Imagination" in which students "gain a familiarity with basic concepts in critical race theory."
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kenyon "coordinates programming to educate the campus community about various cultures, identities and social justice movements."
  • Kenyon Counseling provides a variety of mental health resources which have been "specifically identified for members of the Black, Indigenous and people of color community."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college's Department of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation has an "Anti-Racism Group," which established "statements concerning its meaningful purpose."
  • Kenyon's Program in Computing faculty have issued the following Anti-Racism Statement: "Within the field and profession of computing, the prevalence of anti-Black racism and other forms of oppression are painfully evident: from numbers on representation, from myriad accounts of discrimination and harassment, and from the injustices produced or amplified by ideas and products. The field has largely tolerated ways that its intellectual products have perpetuated racial bias in health care, criminal justice, housing, employment, surveillance and policing, education, and other aspects of life. As a program we have not rigorously addressed our role in perpetuating these problems, nor sufficiently prioritized our role in understanding, confronting, and correcting these problems...Motivated by the existence of these biases and inequalities, we aim to build and maintain a program in computing whose curriculum, scholarship and culture continuously challenge historical and ongoing systems of oppression and unfairness, and which critically evaluates historical and cultural norms of the field."
Last updated November 17th, 2023
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