Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Cultivate Compassion Initiative

We believe that a community grows through practicing empathy and mutual respect, actively promoting and supporting community guidelines, and creating opportunities for meaningful, organic connections.

Cultivate Compassion (rainbow arch in warm colors)
Anti-Racism, Empathy, & Mutual Respect

Launching This Spring

Cultivate Compassion will launch in April 2024. Oberlin community members can read the initiative’s mission and find information about upcoming programs and opportunities for involvement!

Our Mission

Cultivate Compassion is a collaboration between the Student Senate Racial Equity Committee, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Cultivate Compassion centers anti-racism while advocating for an Oberlin College and Conservatory community that is collectively invested in ensuring that all community members feel supported, safe, and seen. This initiative was founded on the belief that through practicing empathy and mutual respect, actively engaging with community guidelines and standards, and creating opportunities for meaningful, organic connections, we can develop a transformational framework for ongoing dialogue and programming.

Beginning this spring, Oberlin community members will be able to rock original Cultivate Compassion swag on your laptops, water bottles, email signatures, and (eventually) … wardrobes!


Stickers will be available for pick-up at Cultivate Compassion events during the week of April 15th, 2024.

Downloadable Materials

Cultivate some Compassion in your email signature and social media channels through our Cultivate Compassion Digital Toolkit. Download everything here and use #ObieCompassion in all your posts to be featured on our channels.

To celebrate the launch of Cultivate Compassion, we’ve identified a small act of compassion for 7 days and are challenging ALL Obies — students, faculty, and staff — to join us! Check out the full schedule below, and, if you’d like to share your act of compassion (or someone else’s, with permission) you can use #ObieCompassion and tag @oberlinsenate on Instagram.

April 15: Ask someone how their day is going. Come visit our table from 12pm-1:30pm in Mudd for a goodie bag.

April 16: Meet us in Lord Lounge at 6pm to relax and have some fun while learning to make origami. 

April 17: Thank a staff or faculty member who has made a difference during your time on campus.

April 18: Make a kind poster and put it in your window.

April 19: Come to our table at TGIF and write a letter to someone you miss to brighten up their day.

April 20:  Tell a student how they have positively impacted your time at Oberlin.

April 21: Do something that makes you happy today!


Stay tuned for upcoming events in the Campus Digest and on social media.

Please contact the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at if you have questions or would like to collaborate!