Meet a DA: Rebekah Lofgren ’17

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The Thrill spotlights a Discrimination Advisor regularly to raise awareness about the resources available to students on campus in relation to issues of discrimination.  They have weekly Office Hours they announce via email and can also be reached at any time using this form. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help. Today, we’re featuring Rebekah Lofgren ’17.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?

Pasta. I used to eat a box of mac and cheese for breakfast in Middle School.

What’s the last good book you’ve read?

This might be a copout because I had to read it for class last semester, but I liked Terror in the Mind of God by Mark Juergensmeyer. As its subtitle suggests, the book is about the rise of global religious violence (violence performed in the name of religion might be a better way of putting it). Juergensmeyer does not focus on one religion alone; rather, he discusses a diverse range of instances of religious violence, each of which were interesting in their own way

What’d you think about during your walk to class this morning?

That I should be walking to class instead of driving.

Why do you love Kenyon?

Because almost anybody can find at least a few incredible friends here, even if the love affair isn’t with Kenyon itself.

Where’s your favorite place to nap on campus?

3rd floor Olin in the chair in the far corner of the oversize books section.

Why did you become a DA?

I decided I wanted to become a DA after my Freshman Orientation– the DA assigned to my hall was a white male athlete. This was significant to me for several reasons. First, because anybody can be a DA! Just as we shouldn’t assume that DAs have to be “visually diverse” (that’s really silly), we shouldn’t assume that white male athletes aren’t interested in what we do as DAs. My other point is that aspects of diversity and identity go beyond their visual/physical manifestations. Diversity comes in many forms, and conversations of diversity and identity concern everyone. Especially as a Freshman, I appreciated that the DAs understood this.

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