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  Our diverse and inclusive community isn't just a warm and welcoming place to spend four years — it is also an essential part of your education here. That is because we all benefit when we seek to understand different viewpoints. No matter where you're from or what your...

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"Grinnell put us together. This is the meeting place," says Serbian Kristina Duric '13. She and Californian Cynthia Amezcua '14 talk about international friendships, the global Grinnell family, and living abroad. Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our...

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About Claire Forrest ’13 Claire Forrest ’13, originally from Minneapolis, Minn., earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. Claire has cerebral palsy, and used a motorized scooter and manual wheelchair to navigate the campus. While at Grinnell, Claire was a 4-year member of...
Grinnell’s diverse and inclusive community isn’t just a warm and welcoming place to spend four years — it’s also an essential part of your education here. That’s because we all benefit when we seek to understand different viewpoints. Doing so requires us to examine, expand, and...
About Jennifer Jen Brooks ’15, who is originally from Atlanta, Ga., graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology. Jen was the third Grinnell student in recent years who used a wheelchair. She also needed full-time personal care attendant (PCA) services and a communication aid...
About Merlin Mathews ’17 Merlin Mathews ’17 will be graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and gender, women's, and sexuality studies. Merlin is neurodivergent and chronically and mentally ill. He writes about the variety of accommodations he has received and...
About Patrick Comparin ’12 Patrick Comparin ’12, originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy. Patrick was Grinnell College's first full-time power wheelchair user and served as an integral part of the College's efforts to make its campus more...
What's it like to be a student with a disability at Grinnell? Three of our recent graduates tell their stories, talking about why they choose Grinnell, what it's like being a student with a disability here — both in and out of the classroom — and how they handled things like...

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Teacher's aide Monica Bender reads to children at Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, which will receive funds to purchase new books for classrooms. A dozen local projects and initiatives will benefit from $31,223 in grant support this year from the Grinnell College Mini-...
Dear Grinnell, Could you explain to me how I became a college senior? I understand that classes were involved and the passage of time and a whole bunch of homework, but what happened? And now it’s my last year and in eight short months, I will be released into the world to...
Sixteen Grinnell students — fourteen women and two men — joined two computer science professors, Janet Davis and Sam Rebelsky, as well as more than 4,750 other attendees from 53 countries at the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). Programs like the trip to...
How did she get to Grinnell? She was a pioneer child who grew up more than 200 miles from Grinnell, on homesteaded lands in northwest Iowa. Born just as the Civil War was winding down, she was the daughter of people who trekked from New England across a country still largely...
Edith Renfrow Smith '37 interviewed by Jacqueline Hartling Stolze, editor of The Grinnell Magazine Early Days at Grinnell Get an Education! Stories of Slavery Student Days at Grinnell Career, Family, and More  Full Interview  (all files are mp3...
Author and human rights activist Richard E. Lapchick — often described as the "racial conscience of sport" — will discuss “Addressing Socioeconomic Diversity: The Power of Sport to Heal” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Harris Center Cinema. Lapchick is a pioneer for racial...
Judith Klinman, professor of the graduate school and chancellor’s professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is presenting two lectures on Wednesday, Nov. 20: Scholars’ Convocation:  noon in Rosenfield Center Room 101. Chemistry Lecture: 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 2022. Both...
*/ Grinnell College will host a national conference June 19-20 that seeks innovative ways to train faculty and to develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences. The conference includes four free, public keynote talks in Noyce Science Center,...
Lester Alemán ’07 became an advocate and a leader while a Posse Scholar at Grinnell College. He also worked as a program director for nearly four years at the Posse Foundation in Los Angeles. So it’s only fitting he had a chance showcase those skills while discussing the often...
Jen Brooks ’15 sits in a yoga-like pose on a blue gymnastics mat on the floor of her bedroom in Lazier Hall. She faces a wide-screen Mac on a table about 4 inches off the floor. Flowers and 21st birthday cards decorate the nearby windowsill. Using a joystick and a separate...
Choosing which colleges to apply to, filling out application forms, and figuring out financial aid—those aren’t easy tasks no matter who you are or where you’re from. Those tasks can be even more stressful if your parents or guardians didn’t go through it themselves and you need...
Juliette Sterkens, a renowned audiologist with expertise in hearing loop installation, will lead a free, public information session about hearing loops, hearing aids and other listening technologies at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. At the information...
This year we welcome three new faculty members, whose innovative approaches to medicine, culture, memory, and identity are enriching and globalizing the history curriculum while giving students broader exposure to a variety of historical sources and texts. Dr. Carolyn Herbst...
Issue:  Winter 2007 Author:  Lindsay Robinson ’09 As a first-year student, I dabbled in a little bit of everything. I went to half a dozen meetings every week and signed up to be on all the mailing lists. I was planning events with Concerned Black Students, Grinnell...
“Even though I am African-American,” says Zac Ellington ’10, “I don’t think I truly understood the benefits and importance of diversity — not just racial, but socioeconomic, geographic, and experiential — until arriving on Grinnell’s campus with my Posse.” Posse Scholars are...
Maria Tapias, associate dean of Grinnell College, is one of 28 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. The program, which is for administrators in higher...
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Patricia Williams of Columbia Law School and Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic will come to Grinnell College for events on Jan. 19-20. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room...
When Ramiro Carillo '07 first arrived at Grinnell College from the tough streets of Los Angeles, being smart wasn't the problem. His problem was being too smart for his own good. "In my high school in L.A., you don't study," Carillo says. "You do homework while the teacher talks...
This year’s (LGBTQ) Pride Week features an award-winning Russian film, a keynote speaker who is one of the most prominent voices in the trans community, and, of course, the drag show. Friday, April 18 Noon, Pride Flag Raising Hosted by Stonewall Resource Center staff Saturday,...
Panel Discussion: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 Rosenfield Center Room 209 Three international students will reflect on their personal experiences with conflict. They will explain the conflicts in their countries and discuss how conflict has affected them and their decisions. They...
Iowa State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, who has represented the state’s 35th district, including Des Moines, since 2007, will speak at Grinnell College at 8 p.m. Monday, May 5. His talk, “Real Conversation, Removing the Mask,” will take place in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center...
Spencer West, an inspirational speaker, author, and humanitarian from Toronto, Canada, will give a free, public talk at noon Monday, May 4, in Sebring-Lewis Hall in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Born with a rare genetic disorder, West had his legs amputated when he was 5 years...
Groundbreaking author and transgender activist Janet Mock will discuss her best-selling book during Pride Week. “It’s important that people on this campus get to see someone like Janet Mock speak about her life and struggle,” says Javon Garcia ’14, a senior in gender, women’s,...
Author Joe Orser will present a free public talk on “Siam’s Twins and Early Asian America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Burling Library Lounge. Orser will explore Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins who toured as a curiosity throughout the world from the 1820s to the...
Wellness on Grinnell’s campus comes in as many forms as its students have passions, and they don’t have to be strictly athletic passions. Synchronized swimming has been a fixture in Tea Cakarmis ’17’s life since her childhood, and it wasn’t something she could leave behind her...
  Issue:  Spring 2008 Author:  Stephanie Rosenbaum ’08   As a travelin’ woman, I’m proud to say that I have never spent New Year’s Eve at home during my time in college. My first year, I spent time in Overland Park, Kan., with a friend from school, along with her friends from...
This week, our host department, the Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges at Nanjing University, provide a full-day tour of Nanjing, complete with driver and guide.  Our guide was a Nanjing native, a 25 year-old masters degree candidate in Linguistics named Yuan Yuan...
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  Issue:  Winter 2011 Author: Kenji Yoshino '11 Is it a game? A martial art? Or a dance? Capoeira is all of those things! It originated as a fusion of the cultures of the indigenous Brazilians and enslaved Africans in colonial Brazil.Their newly synthesized culture helped...
Добро пожаловать, Яша! We’d like to welcome our new Russian Language Assistant, Yakov Lurie, of Saint Petersburg, who joined the department in August. As is our tradition, we earlier asked Yakov (Yasha) to share a few words of introduction (in Russian and in English): Привет,...

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Africa’s current and future roles in the international arena will be the focus of a week-long symposium at Grinnell College, Apr. 9-13, sponsored by the college’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights. A former ambassador to Ethiopia,...
“Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an” will open Fri., Jan. 27 at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery. The exhibition, organized by The Andy Warhol Museum of Pittsburgh, will be on view in Grinnell through Mar. 18. Birk, a California-based artist, has been engaged for the past six...
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 30-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, as part of a spring break tour. The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir,...
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 32-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 18-24, in churches in Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, and Houston, Tex., as part of a spring break tour. The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, open to...

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Buzzing with social, cultural, and academic activities, the Black Cultural Center (BCC) preserves and celebrates black history, culture, and diasporas of people who identify with African heritage. Built in 1970, it was later renamed the Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center in...
The Center fosters learning and inquiry by connecting faculty and students to the world through a global curriculum, bringing international scholars and artists, and course and research travel.
In Grinnell’s interdisciplinary GWSS curriculum, you examine women, men, gender, and sexuality; study various cultures and historical periods; use diverse research methods; and understand how scholars apply feminist, queer, and intersectional theories. As a major, you take GWSS...
International and global-nomad students compose a vibrant presence at Grinnell. Through the International Pre-Orientation Program, an active Friends of International Students program, and continued relationship building, the Office of International Student Affairs helps students...
The Stonewall Resource Center is a confidential, safe space serving Grinnell’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities and allies. Staffed by a student management team, the center offers support for individuals, educational programming, and LGBTQ...

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The Umoja Conference is an annual program created by a network ofAfrican groups and organizations in the Midwest. The word "Umoja" is aSwahili word that means "Unity". The purpose of the Umoja Conference isto discuss pertinent issues concerning the African continent and...