comgovr-homepage-1 comgovr-homepage-2 comgovr-homepage-3 comgovr-homepage-4


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

Signed StealBeam in Place at Gateway Center

Monday, March 23, 2015

A steel beam signed by trustees, faculty, alumni, and more was lifted into place Friday, March 13, at the top of the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.
Read More

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.
Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides.
Read More

Oberlin Celebrates Juneteenth

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Oberlin community will celebrate Juneteenth—the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States—with a public festival and picnic on Saturday, June 14, in Tappan Square. The entire celebration is free and open to the public.
Read More