Berea College stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those peacefully demonstrating against police brutality across the country and around the world. As the first interracial and coeducational college in the slaveholding South in 1855, this moment calls for our support. Our history and our commitments demand it.
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:
- 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.