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. 

Spring 2024

Unspoken Images: Complex Identities in Black Film — AAST 217


Going Places

October 11, 2023

Jasmine Mitchell knew a few things she wanted out of college, though she wasn’t sure how she would get them: She wanted to see the world, and she wanted to make a difference in it.

This Week in Photos: Beautiful

March 31, 2022

It’s Saturday night in March and there’s a pulsating glow spilling from the windows of the Root Room in Carnegie Building. Inside, rows of spectators line the perimeter of a long narrow stage. Oberlin’s most anticipated fashion show begins as cheers swell when models, draped in creative attire, take their turn down the walk. This is a signature event during Black History Month. It also serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.

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?