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The Office of Community and Government Relations builds and maintains relationships with local, state, and federal governments, as well as with local community members and organizations. Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov created the office in 2008 to enhance the college’s local, regional, and national outreach. The office works to augment the college’s relations with local, state, and federal governments, in particular the city of Oberlin, Oberlin City Schools, the state of Ohio, and Washington, D.C. The special assistant to the president for community and government relations directs this office and is a member of the president's senior staff.

The office is the principal liaison between Oberlin College and government, the business sector, and civic, educational, and economic development organizations. The office collaborates with leaders in these various sectors to build local, regional, and national public and private partnerships. In addition, the office identifies strategic funding opportunities, and determines important community opportunities, trends, and joint ventures for the college.

Through the office, the college seeks opportunities to foster economic development, and to uplift the community, county, and region in an environmentally sustainable manner. These efforts are rooted in the college's long-standing tradition of academic and artistic excellence, and its core values of access and inclusion, promoting positive social change.

Contact our office for more information.

News & Announcements

Gateway Project: Oberlin Names New Hotel and Conference Center in Honor of Peter B. Lewis

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oberlin College will soon construct a state-of-the-art hotel, restaurant, and conference center that will be named in honor of Peter B. Lewis, the late philanthropist and chairman of Progressive Insurance Company.
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2013/2014 Community Giving Campaign Brings in Record Donations

Monday, July 28, 2014

The 2013 Oberlin Community Giving Campaign set a new record for the amount of money raised. Annually, Oberlin College, Oberlin City Schools, and the City of Oberlin collaborate in order to raise funds for four organizations: Oberlin Community Services, Oberlin Early Childhood Center, United Way of Greater Lorain County, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares. Our Community’s commitment to social justice is made possible by its members’ generous charitable giving.
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Oberlin Celebrates MLK Holiday with Acclaimed Solo Show ‘Incognito’

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On Sunday, January 19, Fosberg will tell his powerful story about searching for his biological father and discovering, for the first time in his 30s, that he is African American. His performance will be 5 p.m. in Finney Chapel, followed by the Mount Zion Baptist Church men’s choir. The event is free and open to the public.
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Oberlin College Trespass Policy

Monday, September 16, 2013

Representatives of Oberlin College have been working with community members in recent months to revise the college’s trespass policy and procedures. Significant changes have been made, including the formation of a Community Advisory Board.
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Proclaiming Freedom

Monday, June 17, 2013

Oberlin's annual Juneteenth festival took place Saturday, June 15, on Tappan Square. Featuring food, music, arts, crafts, and more, the festival came at the end of a week of events commemorating Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas were emancipated—nearly two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Oberlinians have celebrated Juneteenth for two decades, and in 2004 City Council established it as an official day of commemoration and celebration.
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