posted July 24, 2008

Journal to Communicate Hope’s Diversity Priorities

Hope College has established "Outreach," a new biannual diversity journal focused on proactively sharing the message of the accomplishments, progress and challenges in making the college a more diverse institution of higher learning.

"Outreach," which is debuting this month, will be distributed to a growing number of alumni, parents, friends, donors, foundations and corporations who are interested in the issues of diversity in higher education in general, and the priority that diversity has among the college leadership and within Hope's strategic plan specifically.

"Outreach" is the first-ever publication at Hope devoted to the intentional communication of diversity and inclusion.

Published by the Office of College Advancement, the first issue of "Outreach" includes the "President's Corner," a message from President James Bultman on the importance of increasing the visibility and awareness to Hope's commitment to diversity.  In addition, "Faculty Perspectives," "Diversity and International Education," "Alumni Reconnections," and "A Word of Hope" communicate Hope's message of "improving progress in racial, ethnic, geographic and economic diversity" - a stated theme in Hope's strategic plan--from the faculty, alumni and student perspectives.  "Where we Stand," a section that reports key data on cultural and ethnic diversity in a variety of areas, will be a standard part of the journal.

The journal's editorial team consists of an interdepartmental team with responsibilities in advancement, alumni relations, public relations and multicultural education: Eric K. Foster, advancement officer for diversity and inclusion and editor-in-chief of Outreach; Jason Cash, campaign associate for college advancement; Alfredo Gonzales, associate provost and dean for multicultural and international education; Vanessa Greene, director of multicultural education; Greg Olgers, director of news media services and managing editor of "News from Hope College"; Mary Remenschneider, director of alumni and parent relations; and Scott Wolterink, vice president for college advancement.  Hilary Bosscher '08 of McBain, student communications assistant, was also instrumental in the development and production of the first issue.

Along with the profiles, "Outreach" will convey for readers the notable goals for College Advancement to secure endowed funds for a variety of diversity initiatives.  Those goals and needs range from providing more opportunities for Hope students to study abroad in addition to obtaining funds for attracting more international students to Hope; to securing endowed funds for scholarships; to increasing support from foundations and corporations that enable the improvement of academic programs and the institutional commitment to diversity.

Link to pdf of publication
http://www.hope.edu/pr/advancement/08Outreach1.pdf