Cinco de HEYO


WELCOME KIDS, IT’S TIME TO LEARN ABOUT CULTURE! If you’re one of the people in the above image, god please keep reading! There’s still hope for you so let me save your soul. 

FACT #1: Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Most people know that. If you didn’t now you do! No worries! We all need to be educated sometimes!

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless: An Interview with Jillian Watts, Assistant Director of ODEI


Tell us a little bit about your job at ODEI, what do you like best about it?
I am one of the Assistant Directors of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I coordinate LGBTQ+ programming at Kenyon, in charge of the Alumni of Color Mentoring Initiative Program, aid in cultural programming,  co-chair the Summer Internship Stipend Fund committee, chair the LGBTQ+ advisory committee, and support students that are in need of services and mentorship. I love interacting with students the best. They have been the highlight of my time here at Kenyon. I believe that learning is reciprocal, and I definitely think that I have gained so much knowledge from my students. 
Why is diversity important? In what ways do you think Kenyon should be taking steps to do better?  
Growing up in a community in Kentucky that is much like Knox county and lacked ethnic diversity, I realize more and more as I get older of what I missed out on. My undergraduate experience was a bit of a cultural shock because oddly enough, it was the first time I had interacted with a larger group of people of color that also had aspirations towards collegiate success. I was the only student of color until my junior year of high school. My experiences with racism and classism in high school shaped me profoundly and my view of the world because I began to route my thinking and experiences in a social justice lens. Diversity, in all its forms, is essential for understanding the world around you, becoming a more empathetic person, and being able to really appreciate differences and recognize similarities in all groups. When we don’t see ourselves in others, we become critics, we marginalize, and we can become oppressive. I believe Kenyon is doing a great job in being a catalyst for change and initiatives that many campuses have not even thought to do. Like all universities and colleges I have worked for, we are striving to be more proactive with issues and to boost visible diversities on-campus. 

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Going to St. Ives: Three Drama Majors Rediscover Independent Theater on Campus


“We could do a play that explores the student experience, for example. It would be cute and fun, but that’s not challenging for us, or for the audience. I think that Kenyon students are smarter than that. They see a lot of that, but they deserve better theater than that.”

As a person who is not involved in theater, it seemed like a set rule to me that Kenyon’s non-mainstage theater productions were always held either by a group or as a senior thesis. However, I was proved wrong yesterday when I had the pleasure of sitting down with director Elgin Martin ‘17 and stars Asha McAllister ‘15 and Natasha Preston ‘17, all Drama majors, to talk to them about their upcoming, independently run production.

The show is Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing, the story of two impressive women brought together by that which is personal and divided by that which is political as they both seek to accomplish the greater good. It will be completely independent, having no association with any of Kenyon’s student-run theater groups, and it is not a thesis.

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Middle Path Voices: Sierra De Leon/Tim Jurney

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Kenyon community. Today’s videos come to us via Middle Path Voices, a project initiated by Wanufi Teshome ’16, and featuring Sierra De Leon ’16 and Tim Jurney ’15. For more information, or if you’d like to be involved with Middle Path Voices Project, contact Wanufi at

Check out Middle Path Voices’ discussion with Tim Jurney ’15 after the jump!

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Project for Open Voices: “Race is Terrifying”

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay is titled “Race is Terrifying,” and was authored anonymously. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email If you would like to remain anonymous you can send us your response by signing into a second email (password: kenyoncollege).



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