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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...
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program The Posse Foundation and Posse Scholars Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Read more about Benjamin Mays, his life, his work, and his connection to the Midwest. To address the shortage of minority scholars on college 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-...
David Keane, senior lecturer in law at London's Middlesex University, will lecture on "Fifty Years of the International Convention to End All Forms of Racial Discrimination."  ICERD was the first international human rights treaty, and Keane's lecture will assess its 50 years of...
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...
Sociology professor Matthew Hughey of the University of Connecticut will deliver a lecture on Monday, Nov. 30, about how media coverage of athletics perpetuates the myth of "black brawn vs. white brains." The free, public lecture, titled "A Level Playing Field? Zombie Theories...
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...
Born in Ambato, Ecuador, Alfredo Colina ’17 emigrated from his homeland to Washington, D.C., when he was 10 years old. Coming to Grinnell as a D.C. Posse Foundation scholar marked his first real experience outside of a big city. “Being in a rural area surrounded by farms and...
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...
Myron Rolle will present a free, public talk at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 3, in the Alumni Recitation Hall Auditorium (Room 302). Rolle is a neurosurgeon, football all-American, Rhodes scholar, NFL draftee, and humanitarian. Sponsored by: Diversity and Inclusion, Donald L. Wilson...
Since Anna-Lisa Bowans ’12 graduated from Grinnell, she: spent a year in Bangalore, India, on a social enterprise fellowship worked for a for-profit, social enterprise company in Berkeley, Calif., and recently moved into the tech industry “The biggest skills that I got out of...
A free, public screening of the documentary Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 102. The film focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora as well as her literary and political...
*/ 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,...
Video of BOUND: Africans vs African Americans OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER 2015 The College will present Bound: African versus African Americans (AVAA) — a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the tension that exists between Africans and African-Americans — at noon Saturday,...
In recent weeks, many historically underrepresented students have been deeply affected by events highlighting racism and inequity occurring across the country at various colleges and universities. In this timely moment, we have an opportunity to be proactive about the campus...
In a recent list of most liberal college campuses, Grinnell came in fourth, reflecting its long-standing, politically liberal reputation. Yet over time, both conservative and non-partisan, cause-related groups have also made their voices heard. Rosenfield Professor of Political...
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...
Grinnellians are well-known for their commitment to social justice, but not everyone knows that the College has a formal program for studying individual and global conflicts. In Grinnell’s Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program, students combine what they learn from fields as...
Adjusting to life in Grinnell can be daunting for even the most well traveled international student. Want to know what the quirky local customs are? Wishing you had someone to talk to about your favorite traditions at home? Feeling the need for family when yours is far away? Don...
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...
A double major in economics and sociology could result in any number of career paths. Damon Williams ’14 took his double major and mixed in hip-hop and Grinnellian concepts of social justice. From Ferguson, Mo., to the south side of Chicago, Ill., Williams uses his lyrical and...
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...
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 Multicultural Alliance, and...
“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...
Dear Grinnell Community: Last week, I wrote to inform the College community of changes in our relationship with the Posse Foundation. Since that time, I have received constructive and thoughtful feedback about how Grinnell should move forward in living our mission and values,...
Watch a free public screening of Our School, followed by a panel discussion, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Community Room of the Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., Grinnell, Iowa. This award-winning documentary follows the lives of three Roma (“Gypsy”) children who...
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...
“Happy Birthday, Marsha!” is a forthcoming film about legendary transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Join us for a discussion and preview screening of clips of the film with...
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,...
Phil Neisser and Jacob Hess, political opposites and co-authors of You're Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You're Still Wrong): Conversations between a Die-Hard Liberal and a Devoted Conservative will host two Iowa caucus-related events Nov. 19 and 20. Their workshop, "How to...
Timothy Knepper, professor of philosophy at Drake University, will discuss religious diversity in Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The free, public lecture, titled "Religious Diversity in the Heart of Iowa," will explore dialogues...
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...
Eric Avila, professor of history, Chicano studies, and urban planning at UCLA, will present "The Folklore of the Freeway: Connectivity, Creativity and Conflict in the Age of Highway Construction" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11 in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Room 101. Avila...
  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...
Musicians Randye Jones of Grinnell College and Damani Phillips of the University of Iowa will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by sharing the rich history of the music of the African-American tradition. The 13th...
Curious about the new group of first-years? Here are a few facts about the class of 2019: 81 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their secondary school class. 40 percent were varsity athletes. 54 percent participated in the fine arts (music, theater, dance, visual art)....
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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Alfredo Lopez will discuss his work with the grassroots La Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña/The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Alumni Recitation Hall Auditorium, Room 302. OFRANEH, which has existed since the 1970s, is...
The White House recently recognized Yesenia Ayala ’18 for her courage and contributions to the Latino community in Iowa. She and 10 other young women were selected from more than 1,000 nominees as Champions of Change for empowering and inspiring members of their communities....
  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...