Diversity and Social Justice



Shansi House

Oberlin Shansi believes in the power to bring diverse worlds together. An independent, nonprofit organization located on the campus of Oberlin College, Shansi promotes understanding and communication between Asians and Americans.

This is accomplished through individual and group educational and social programs, educational and cultural exchanges, and community projects. Shansi partners with Oberlin College, universities, and non-governmental organizations in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan to achieve this goal.

Shansi was founded in 1908, when Oberlin graduates sought to provide support and guidance for the consolidation of educational efforts begun by Oberlin graduates in the late 1880s at the Ming Hsien Schools in Taigu, Shanxi Province, China. Since 1918, Shansi has sent Oberlin graduates to Asia. As such, Shansi is one of the oldest educational exchange institutions in the United States, making it one of the distinguishing features of the Oberlin campus.


  • Shansi Fellowships sponsor recent Oberlin graduates for two years of learning and teaching at Shansi partner institutions.
  • In-Asia Study Grants of $1,500 provide Oberlin undergraduates opportunities to develop valuable research skills and broaden their horizons by volunteering for non-governmental organizations in Asia, or through individual winter term or summer projects.
  • On-Campus Grants support events organized by chartered student organizations or college departments.
  • Visiting Scholars Program supports visits by Asian faculty who teach, conduct research, and or study at Oberlin College. Visitors often work with our students, creating lasting scholarly relationships.
  • Oberlin College Faculty and Staff Grants support visits to our partner institutions in Asia to lecture and or research.
  • Faculty-led Group Winter Term Projects take place at Shansi’s Asian partner institutions or in Oberlin and includes sponsorship and partial support. A recent Oberlin winter term project on gamelan is one such example.
  • Conferences on the Oberlin campus initiated by Shansi and in collaboration with faculty, departments, and students may receive Shansi sponsorship support.
  • Jacobson-Cocco Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored annually and brings in a renowned Asian scholar to campus for public lecture and classroom discussions.

Visit the administrative office in Peters Hall, Room 103, or stop by the Shansi House, 58 East College St., to find out more about Oberlin Shansi and how you might get involved.