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 honor of Kimbo, dean of student affairs from 1970–73. Today, the BCC remains a multicultural center and educational resource for the Grinnell community.
International and global-nomad students compose a vibrant presence at Grinnell. Through the International Pre-Orientation Program, an active Host Family Friendship program, and continued relationship building, the Office of International Student Affairs helps students from abroad feel at home in Grinnell. Ongoing cultural programming, immigration compliance and advising, and academic and social support or referrals help international Grinnellians make the most of their educational experience.
Grinnell College promotes the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities as part of our commitment to creating a diverse, multicultural campus community. It is the policy of Grinnell to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and all other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The College provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
An excellent education empowers you to serve the common good. That’s a fundamental Grinnell principle. At the Office of Social Commitment, you’ll find a dedicated staff to advise and facilitate a variety of scholarship and service programs. Grinnell connects students to merit-based scholarships and fellowships and to postgraduate social justice opportunities in the United States and abroad, including ten annually awarded fellowships through the Grinnell Corps.
Grinnell’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the college’s long history of social responsibility, reflecting our belief that quality civic engagement addresses the common good while providing transformational experiential learning. This program encourages you to participate more actively in your education while making a difference in the community. You’ll enhance your overall sense of wellbeing and civic purpose, deepen your understanding of classroom learning, and develop transferrable professional skills.
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 Africanstudents particularly in the diaspora.
This year the African Caribbean Student Union of Grinnell College isproudly hosting this conference.
Date: April 27 - April 29, 2012
Lauren Sieben, Chronicle of Higher Education
Liberal-Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars
By Lauren Sieben
Re-published with permission of The Chronicle of Higher Education
John Hammers spent the past 12 years behind bars. His daily routine consisted mostly of playing pinochle or spades and watching sitcoms on television. Serving time for burglary, he wanted to better himself, but he had no outlet.
Grinnell College joins the worldwide community in extending our sympathies and support for the people of Haiti and stand in solidarity as students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. As Grinnellians, our core value for social responsibility translates into action as we plan for, coordinate, and raise awareness of the crisis, the Haitian people, and the significance of Haiti’s historic place in a diverse and global context. We appreciate the interest and commitment of so many Grinnellians who have already come forward to participate in a Grinnell community response.
Issue: Spring 2011
Author: Liting Cong '11
Social responsibility is one of the College’s core values. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff are involved in dozens of community service programs. Here are 10 that hint at the variety of opportunities available.