Candice Raynor

  • Director and Faculty in Residence


  • EdD, organizational leadership, Pepperdine University, 2019 (expected)
  • MA, African American studies, Clark Atlanta University
  • BA, African American studies, CUNY Lehman College


After spending several years working in labor relations and human resource management, Candice Raynor first made the transition to higher education as an Africana Teaching and Housing Fellow at Oberlin.

In her current role as director and faculty in residence of Afrikan Heritage House, Raynor encourages a rich cultural setting through the development of educational programming and social activities that foster a collaborative community-centered environment.

She also teaches courses in African American education and coordinates special programming such as Oberlin College’s Black History Month celebration, Kuumba Week, and Black Parents Appreciation.

Raynor’s research interests include invisible labor among African Americans in higher education, and how campus mental health/wellness services affect retention of black students. 

Fall 2021

Historic and Contemporary Debates in African American Education — AAST 221
Practicum in Tutoring — AAST 281

Spring 2022

Introduction to Africana Studies — AAST 101
Historic and Contemporary Debates in African American Education II — AAST 222
Practicum in Tutoring — AAST 281


Who is Candice Raynor?

April 12, 2021

You may know that Candice Raynor is a member of the Africana Studies Department, but did you know that her nickname pays tribute to her great grandmother’s wish? Find out how in this installment of Who Am I?