TWC (Third World Cooperative) is an intentional safer space for primarily People of Color (as well as low-income individuals). Founded on the principles of the Third World Liberation Front, TWC members define their community values and agreements each semester according to the current membership.
TWC provides meals to a wide variety of speakers/performers of color who are brought by co-op members. The co-op also put on programs in coalition with other organizations, focused on promoting speakers and activists of color. Our programs have included a series of workshops with the Edmonia Lewis Center for Qwo-Li Driskill, a discussion and lecture with the Indigenous Women’s Series for Debra Harry.
TWC creates a space which fosters a warm, welcoming environment full of sweet love, good food and mad dancing in the kitchen. A member wrote, “This is a community where I know folks will hear what I’m saying and understand me. My favorite part of TWC is the PEOPLE! And the comfy couch.”
This dining coop is currently located on the first floor of Baldwin, and can be easily identified by its large wooden floor-to-ceiling windows. Through the glass, members can often be spotted in front of the mural, laughing, chatting, dancing, venting about White Professors / classmates / people in general, meme-ing, and sharing the co-ops famously well-seasoned food, even if dinner was canceled. TWC is a unique space at Oberlin that offers true community and access to a lineage of knowledgeable TWC alum. Come for the sazón, stay for the corazón. Have your exact birth place and time ready.
Member Lauren Salazar wrote, “For me, being a member of TWC is about being part of a legacy and community that have emphasized change, resistance, solidarity, and the freedom of cultural and political expression.
In Third World Co-op, I know everyone’s name and everyone knows mine. We are a small community in which camaraderie is great and cliques are few. I won’t paint a rosy picture by saying that we’re totally united both politically and socially – that’s not always true. However, I appreciate the fact that friendliness overrides differences and we can come together on many issues. As a first year, Third World Co-op has been a support network that has helped me find a place on this campus, and I am excited to eat there for the rest of my time at Oberlin.”
—Lauren Salazar, Aaron Henry