Meet an SMA: McKinley Sherrod ’14

We’re picking back up on the feature wherein we spotlight an SMA each Friday to raise awareness about the resources available to victims of sexual assault. Remember, the SMAs are subordinate to the Counseling Center, so anything you tell them is kept confidential. They also have an anonymous hotline you can call if you need assistance: 740-358-1544. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help.

Today, we’re featuring McKinley Sherrod, a junior from Illinois.


Cookie pie or giant cookie? Cookie pie.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had (excluding cookie pie and/or giant cookie)? Anything that ends with my mom’s banana pudding for dessert.

What’s the last good book you read? The Game of Thrones Series.

Why do you love your hometown? Chicago is amazing for so many reasons (museums! parks! free cultural events!), but one of my favorite things to do there is people-watch while riding the El.

What’s the best class you’ve taken at Kenyon? Probably Feminist Theory – it was a drag at the time, but I use the things I learned from it all the time.

Why did you become an SMA? I became an SMA because of my own experiences with sexual misconduct. I wanted to provide a safe place for people who had been through similar situations. I also think that given the small nature of Kenyon and our obsession with pretending that everything is idyllic as our campus looks, the anonymous, peer-support model of the SMAs is really useful and important.

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