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MRC Director Inspires Funds for Cancer and Diversity

Rachel Beverly

President Nancy S. Dye announced the designation of funds for both cancer research and diversity education during a November 5 memorial service in honor of Rachel Beverly. Beverly, Oberlin's two-year associate dean of students and director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), died October 28 of breast cancer. She was just 33.

Beverly was regarded by many on campus as holding an unwavering respect for students, and she worked actively with minority groups in addressing social justice issues. She's credited for transforming both the MRC and the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgendered People (formerly the Women's Resource Center) into important and well-used student support networks. Students responded to her death by wrapping trees in ribbons and cards, and by painting the rocks in Tappan Square.


Rachel Beverly's death affected the entire campus, especially the many students who knew her personally.
photo by Yeworkwha Belachew

Dye has directed that an endowed fund in Beverly's name be set up to support faculty-student research on cancer. "We must continue to do everything we can to stop breast cancer through research, education, and treatment, to cure and ultimately to prevent this disease," she announced to family and friends at a crowded memorial service in Warner Concert Hall.

Gifts received to the second fund, the Rachel Beverly Memorial Fund for Diversity and Engagement, will be used to support campus interaction and cooperation among students.

"The goal is to help students work together in a spirit that embodies many of the values to which Rachel was committed: friendship, support, inclusion, acceptance, and educational diversity," Dye said.

Donations to the Memorial Fund for Diversity and Engagement can be payable to Oberlin College and sent to the Office of Development, Bosworth Hall, Rachel Beverly Fund, 50 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074.

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