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Who is Candice Raynor?

April 12, 2021

Yvonne Gay

Portrait of a lady leaning against a wall.
Candice Raynor, director and faculty-in-residence of the Afrikan Heritage House.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

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?

Name: Candice N. Raynor

Department and location on campus: I am a member of the Africana Studies Department. You can usually find me in the Afrikan Heritage House, and sometimes in my office in Rice Hall. 

Job title: Director and Faculty-in-Residence of the Afrikan Heritage House

What does your job entail? Mainly developing co-curricular programming that focuses on building community and deepening students' understanding of the artistic, political, historical, cultural, and theoretical expressions of Africa and the African Diaspora. I also teach courses in African American education, and work with entities across campus to recruit and retain Black students. 

How many years at Oberlin? Four years and four months.

What are your hobbies? Traveling, going to the spa, reading, watching movies, shopping, and trying new restaurants. 

Nickname(s)? Candy is the main one. I was named Candice partially because my great grandmother wanted a "Candy" in the family. 

Favorite food? Cheese, hot wings, collard greens with cornbread, and German chocolate cake. It's too hard to choose one.   

Favorite Quote?  "I learned that if I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive," by Audre Lorde.

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