Diversity Profile

Commitment to Equal Opportunity: 

Kenyon College has a long standing record of nondiscrimination in employment and opportunity based on age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The President has issued the following policy statement regarding nondiscrimination:

Kenyon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation and additionally, does not support discrimination on the basis of marital status, political belief or activity or status as a veteran. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Equal employment opportunity notices are posted on appropriate employee bulletin boards as required by law. The notices summarize the rights of employees to equal opportunity in employment and lists the names and addresses of the various government agencies that may be contacted in the event that any person believes he or she has been discriminated against.

It is the practice and policy of Kenyon College to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Kenyon College will not discriminate against any qualified employee or job applicant with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person's physical or mental disability. Kenyon College also will make reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.

Management is primarily responsible for seeing that Kenyon College's equal employment opportunity policies are implemented, but all members of the staff share in the responsibility for assuring that by their personal actions the policies are effective and apply uniformly to everyone.

Any employees, including managers, involved in discriminatory practices will be subject to discharge.

AA/EEO Office: 

Office of Equal Opportunity is responsible for monitoring and promoting the College's efforts to ensure equal opportunity to students and staff. Find extensive information about Kenyon's philosophy, policies and procedures at http://www.kenyon.edu/equalopportunity.xml

Contact Info: 

Mariam N. El-Shamaa,
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity,
elshamaam@kenyon.edu ,
740-427-5820 voice,
740-427-5901 fax

Commitment to Diversity: 

Diversity at Kenyon means actively engaging with difference—different kinds of people, different cultures, a multiplicity of ideas and opinions. We're a community that values tolerance and mutual respect, and this spirit of openness to others embraces race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality.

We put these beliefs into practice by welcoming students and faculty from throughout the country and the world—people of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and perspectives. The Office of Multicultural Affairs helps support a range of activities and student organizations, from ADELANTE (focusing on Hispanic culture), to the Black Student Union, to the Asian Awareness Club. These groups fill the calendar with performances, lectures, dinners, and festivals. Kenyon also has an active GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community, which sponsors events as well as workshops and awareness-building sessions. The Board of Spiritual and Religious Life assists campus religious organizations, including several Christian groups, Hillel (the Jewish organization), and groups devoted to Eastern religious practices.

Diversity Resources: 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs strives to enhance the academic achievement and personal development of under-represented students. These students include, but are not limited to, those of varying racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, and religious affiliations. The office also seeks to foster an environment that is committed to and genuinely appreciative of multiculturalism and diversity. In addition, the Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a resource center for students and members of the administration, faculty, and staff interested in ethnic and cultural books, videos, journals, and magazines. Find information on educational opportunities, programs, and the Snowden Multicultural Center at http://www.kenyon.edu/x26214.xml

Organizations/clubs/social networks: 

An extensive list of cultural and ethnic clubs and organizations can be found at http://www.kenyon.edu/x13827.xml

Community: 

Kenyon College is located in Gambier, Ohio, where the sense of shared citizenship here is strong. The crowd cheering your team or clapping at your concert will include village residents and store clerks along with faculty members and classmates. Those connections bloom spontaneously. Wherever you're from and wherever you're headed, you'll probably put down some roots in this Ohio village. Find detailed information about Gambier and the region at http://www.kenyon.edu/x1155.xml

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