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Campus Life

Resources & Opportunities

The Office of Diversity is here to help you find your way around the Otterbein community, and the central Ohio community. Here are some resources that may help you during your time at Otterbein.

Student Life

  • 18 gender neutral restrooms across campus
  • Year-round activities and speakers of diverse backgrounds
  • Gender neutral housing
  • Open Space in Garst Hall: Started in 2015, Open Space is for students of all genders and sexualities interested in living in a safe, supportive environment. As this community continues to develop, students will have the opportunity to develop annual traditions and participate in both hall and campus activities.
  • Tau Delta: the university’s first official gender-neutral sorority

Academic and Student Organizations

  • FreeZone! Student organization- support, education, and networking opportunities for the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Iota Iota Iota (Tri-Iota) Honor Society: encourages and supports scholarship and excellence in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • kate: student run feminist magazine
  • Lavender Graduation: special commencement celebration to affirm the achievements of LGBTQIA+ graduates and their allies

Alliance for Black Student Leadership

The Alliance for Black Student Leadership brings students from from Otterbein, Capital, Ohio Wesleyan, Kenyon, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Ohio Dominican, Wittenberg and Denison universities together to develop, strengthen and foster student leadership among African American students.


Otterbein offers many general scholarships that you can view on the Financial Aid website. They also offer the following award to students of color.

Ammons-Thomas Awards - $500-5,000
These awards are offered to qualified students of color after acceptance to the university and an evaluation of a written essay. A limited number of Distinguished Ammons-Thomas Awards of up to one-half tuition are also available to outstanding students. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree to retain the award. Apply to Otterbein now!


The Diversity Newsletter is a weekly update about diversity news, projects, and upcoming events. To sign up to receive it, send an email to the Office of Diversity.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

  • Campus Resources

  • Community Resources

  • National Resources

LGBTQIA+ Scholarships Guide
This guide provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students planning for their graduate education. The guide is broken down by subject, and includes pertinent information for applying for scholarships, and even tips for applying and securing financial aid.

In addition, Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation.

Potential Resources for Students from Marginalized Populations

Kroger Book Loan

The Kroger Book Loan was created by alumni with the support of the Kroger Company. This short-term emergency loan (30 days) is for the purchase of books from the Otterbein Bookstore. A student may borrow up to $150, which is given in the form a voucher. Please contact Dr. Lisa Phillips at 614.823.1250 for an emergency loan (up to $150) to purchase books for classes.

/ Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity is located in Student Affairs in Hanby Hall.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (academic year)

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)


James E. Prysock
Assistant Director
p / 614.823.1312

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