About Diversity And Inclusion at Berea

Since 1855, Berea College has believed in the power of education to transform students and employees from all walks of life. The College was the first interracial, co-educational institution established in the south. Founded by ardent abolitionist, John G. Fee, the institution of Berea firmly believes that, “all peoples are made of one blood.” This is the motto of the school. Over the years, Berea has educated change-makers for the Appalachian region and beyond. Many former and current students will tell you their experience with diversity at Berea shaped them in several ways. It has made them better students, leaders and people. Even today, Berea College commits itself to being a leader of diversity and inclusion among institutions in:

  • Kentucky,
  • the Appalachian region and
  • the United States

People of all homelands, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual identities and religions call Berea their Alma Mater, their workplace, home and their academic institution.

See the sidebar on the right side of this page for information about:

  • equal opportunity at Berea College,
  • diversity and inclusion resources,
  • information about related clubs, organizations, departments, and centers on-campus,
  • contact information for the Diversity and Inclusion Team,
  • community aspirations for the institutions or
  • more information about the community of Berea, Kentucky.

“Living Within the Margins”

A clip from Gyude Moore’s Convocation, “Of Stickers and Margins: Courage in the Face of Radical Evil.”

Find the entire Convocation video here.

If you have any suggestions for improvement of or additions to this webpage, contact:

Linda Strong-Leek, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at leekl@berea.edu

Sam Cole, Administrative Assistant, at colesa@berea.edu