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Hope Alumni and Friends Event in Japan - May 2014

On Saturday, May 31st, 2014, Hope College will host a dinner for alumni and friends of the college. Over 120 are expected to attend this event which will take place on the Shirokane campus of Meiji Gakuin University, one of our international partner institutions. The Tokyo event will be the largest international gathering of alumni and friends of Hope to date. Alfredo Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education, Amy Otis-De Grau, Director of International Education, Professor Andy Nakajima, and Jim VanHeest from Development and Alumni Engagement, will be in attendance.



Upward Bound Celebrates 45 Years of Service

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Hope College TRiO Upward Bound college-readiness program celebrated 45 years of service to area students.

The activities spanned the day, beginning with a breakfast and benefit golf outing at Winding Creek Golf Course, and continuing with an evening reception and banquet at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center and an “after-glow” reception at Serafina’s Restaurant in Holland.  Proceeds from the golf outing will support the Upward Bound Scholarship Fund that helps students pay for college.

The keynote speaker during the banquet was Dr. Antonio R. Flores, who is president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).  Flores has strong ties himself to Hope College Upward Bound: he was the program’s director in the 1970s.

Hope College TRiO Upward Bound seeks to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among students from low-income and first-generation families who have the potential to pursue a college education but may lack adequate preparation or support.

The program is one of the oldest continuous Upward Bound programs in the country, and has been administered through Hope since its inception.  In addition to being supported by the college, it has received funding through the federal TRiO program every year since it began in 1968.

Nationally, TRiO is marking its 50th anniversary.  It began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty with the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964.



Baker Scholars in Shanghai during Spring Break 2014

Students in the Baker Scholar Program and some faculty members from the Department of Economics, Management and Accounting at Hope College were in Shanghai, China during this year's Spring Break in March 2014. Click on the link for News From Our Department (on the top right hand side of this page) to view highlights from a dinner that Hope College hosted at the Haworth Organic Workspace Showroom in Shanghai.



BeHope Presentation - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

BeHope: Bringing Hope to Rwanda

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, members of the Hope community and the public attended a presentation on BeHope, a student-led initiative that directs Hope College’s engagement with Nibakure Village, an orphanage in Nyamata, Rwanda.

Founded in 2008 by Andrew Wierda ‘09 and Matthew Wixson ‘08, and housed in the Office of the Dean for International and Multicultural Education, BeHope embodies the College’s commitment to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society. It seeks to empower orphans and widows in Rwanda while providing Hope students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to live, study, work, and play in a vibrant, developing country. Our goal for this project is to serve and learn from the people of Rwanda.

Five years ago idea of an orphanage in Rwanda was a plot of land and wishful thinking near the village of Nyamata. Today that idea is the orphanage called Nibakure Children's Village--a thriving, living and learning community. This is the story we want to share with the Hope community later this week. 

The presentation will provide a brief overview of Nibakure, with a focus on the Hope community’s involvement with the village. Nibakure Village cares for 19 orphans and vulnerable children while also supporting the education of 11 children in the local community.

The organization’s mission to the children of Rwanda is:“Let them grow, give them Hope”— “Nibakure” in Kinyarwanda, the official language of Rwanda.

Light refreshments were served. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean for International and Multicultural Education



International Food Fair - Saturday, February 22, 2014

The annual International Food Fair at Hope College was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. The public was invited and the food was available in exchange for tickets that were sold at the door.

The International Food Fair has been sponsored by the college’s international students for more than 25 years, and celebrates the many cuisines and cultures of the nations represented by members of the Hope community.

For the event, Hope students, alone and in small groups, got together to cook a dish from their homeland.  They wore traditional attire in presenting their dishes, and individual tables featured the food and educational displays concerning the cuisine and cultures.

Faculty, staff, students and people from the community bought tickets at the door and moved from table to table, asking questions and tasting samples of the food.  Admission was $5 for an initial packet of five tickets, with additional tickets costing $0.50 each.  Most dishes cost one or two tickets.

An Evening with Behope - April 8, 2013

Nibakure Children's VillageThe Behope Project hosted an evening program on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall at Hope College.  The event began at 7:00 pm and lasted approximately one hour.

The program featured a short documentary, a message from Alfredo Gonzales, Dean for International and Multicultural Education at Hope College, presentations by several Hope students, and an update from a member of the Board of Trustees of Nibakure Children’s Village.

Light refreshments were served, including a traditional Rwandan dish!

Founded in 2008 by Hope College students Drew Wierda (’09) and Matt Wixson (’08), Behope aims to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between Hope College and Nibakure Children’s Village (NCV) in Nyamata, Rwanda.  NCV, which became fully operational in August 2011, houses seventeen orphans and supports an additional eleven children from the surrounding community.  Over the past five years, the Hope community has made numerous contributions to the village including significant financial and logistical support as well as three trips to the site (2008, 2010, 2012).  In addition, several members of NCV’s Board of Trustees are Hope alumni.  Visit NCV’s web site to access their newsletters and other important information:

Special Guests on Campus from Liverpool Hope University - April 10 - 11, 2013

Gerald and Nirmala PillayWe had the honor of welcoming to campus two guests from Liverpool, England.  Dr. Gerald J. Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, one of Hope's international partner institutions, was on campus to receive an honorary doctoral degree.  Traveling with him was his wife, Dr. Nirmala Pillay, Professor of Law at Liverpool John Moores University.  Both of them are active scholars in the areas of International Education, Law, and Philosophy, and each presented a public lecture while here on campus. The first lecture addressed human rights and the second picked up on reconciliation, which had been the theme for that year's Critical Issues Symposium.

Guest Lecture - Dr. Nirmala Pillay

April 10, 2013, 4:00 pm, Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall
Dr. Nirmala Pillay, "The Practice of Torture in Democracies"

Dr. Nirmala Pillay has taught Philosophy and Law at universities in South Africa, New Zealand, and England.  Her research interests include Public Law, EU Law, Human Rights, and the Globalization of Crime.  This lecture was sponsored by Political Science, Women's Studies, and the Dean for International & Multicultural Education.

Guest Lecture - Dr. Gerald J. Pillay

April 11, 2013, 4:00 pm, Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Dr. Gerald J. Pillay, "The Public Responsibility of a Christian University: The Apartheid Era as a Case Study, and Special Responsibilities in an Age of Secularism"

Dr. Gerald Pillay was born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa.  He was awarded a B.A., and a B.D., and a Doctor of Theology from the University of Durban and also a DPhil in Philosophical Theology from Rhodes University.  Pillay has taught Ecclesiastical History and Theology at universities in South Africa, the United States, New Zealand, and England.  Since 2003 he has been head of Liverpool Hope University in England, one of Hope's international partners and the only ecumenical university in Europe combining Anglican and Catholic traditions.  This lecture is sponsored by the Offices of the President and the Dean for International & Multicultural Education. 


Portrait Unveiling and Winter Happening Presentation
- Hope's Early International and Multicultural Alumni

On February 1 and 2, 2013 the office of International and Multicultural Education hosted two special events to unveil a set of original portraits, painted by Paul Collins, of Hope’s early minority and international graduates, whose stories are worthy of celebrating.

A reception and dinner (by invitation) took place on Friday evening, but the public was invited to join us on Saturday for a special Winter Happening lecture on the subjects of the portraits, a college-wide event in which we presented the stories of these graduates.

Saturday, February 2
9:30-10:45 am

Celebrating Hope College's Early International and Multicultural Graduates

Pictured: Dean Alfredo Gonzales, Professor John Yelding, and Professor Fumihito Andy Nakajima


Our early International and Multicultural graduates include: Hope’s first Japanese students, Kumaji Kimura and Motoichiro Oghimi from the Class of 1879; the first Native American graduate, James Ottipoby, Class of 1925; and James Carter Dooley, the first African American graduate from the Class of 1932. 

Each of these Hope graduates brought remarkable changes to the world. In Japan, Oghimi and Kimura brought from Hope College the idea of Christian higher education, development of support programs for women, and the publication (by Oghimi) of the first Greek-Japanese lexicon of the New Testiment. Ottipoby became the first Native American chaplain to serve in World War II, serving in the South Pacific for three years. James Carter Dooley spent over forty years as a teacher and school administrator in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. A product of an educational system that legally prohibited the mixing of black and white children in public schools, Dooley went on courageously to educate hundreds of children in four decades of work in education.

The Winter Happening is an annual event that is free and open to the public, but registration is requested so enough seating may be provided. Please call Julie Huisingh, (616) 395-7860,

Winter Happening Web Site - for more information


CIS 2012 - Sept 25-26

CIS 2012 Logo


Critical Issues Symposium 2012 took place on September 25-26. The theme that year was Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World. Click here to access resources on this topic. See below for details on events designed to Continue the Conversation.


Lee A. McBride, III
Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Wooster

Cosmopolitanism and Racial Obligations or,
"Why My Blackness is in Question"

Monday, November 5 - 4:00 pm
Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center

Listen to a recording of this lecture - mp3

Blackness is an elusive concept. Given eliminativist arguments against racial categorization and the difficulties of squaring alleged black cultural markers with his multiethnic, mixed-race experience, Professor McBride is compelled to consider cosmopolitanism as an ideal. Yet he does identify as black. Blackness, here, is understood as a provisional identity established and maintained to counter anti-black racism. In this paper, Professor McBride sets out to articulate a way in which one can hold a moderate form of cosmopolitianism and yet maintain a provisional racial identity and advocate for a particular racialized population.

Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss DeYoung

"Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism"

Friday, November 9
3:30 pm

Winants Aud, Graves Hall

This event was co-sponsored by Campus Ministries, Student Life, and the Dean for International and Multicultural Education.

The Rev. Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak is one of the heroes of the anti-apartheid freedom struggle in South Africa. He and Archbishop Desmond Tutu led the United Democratic Front (UDF)–the equivalent to the civil rights movement in the US. Bringing together over 700 organizations from all communities, the UDF became the first genuinely non-racial movement and the main force behind the anti-apartheid activities in the country during the decisive decade of the 1980s.
Allan Boesak is a pastor in the Uniting Reformed Church and has served the church in many local, national, and international posts including the South African Council of Churches. At thirty-six years of age he was elected the president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches; the youngest ever, and the first African and person from the developing world to hold that position.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called Allan Boesak the most powerful orator ever produced by South Africa. Allan Boesak is the author or editor of nearly 20 books. His most recent book, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism , is co-written with Curtiss Paul DeYoung, professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University.

The Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung is professor of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University. With degrees from Anderson University, Howard University and the University of St. Thomas, Prior to his current position, DeYoung served for 17 years in urban multicultural settings in Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota as the president of the Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), the executive director of the City Gate Project, and the senior pastor at a multiracial congregation. He also served congregations in Washington, D.C, and New York City, and worked at the Covenant House Times Square shelter for homeless and runaway youth in New York City. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God (headquarters in Anderson, Indiana.) Curtiss DeYoung has spent his life working both nationally and internationally to develop networks for reconciliation, peace, justice and human rights. He has traveled to South Africa on nine occasions speaking on reconciliation and the multiculturalism of the Bible. DeYoung is an author or of over a dozen books on the topic of reconciliation and social justice, including United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge --Our Only Hope, and Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, co-written with Allan Boesak.


Native American Heritage Celebration 2012

2012 Native Heritage Celebration

Levi Rickert
Editor-in-chief, Native News Network

The Office of Multicultural Education hosted our Native American Heritage Celebration event entitled "Kill The Indian, Save the Man: How American Indians Survived", with special guest presenter Levi Rickert. 

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012- 6:00 pm
Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center


Levi Rickert gave a compelling presentation on how American Indians have yet survived despite concerted efforts to eradicate their culture. He discussed the Indian boarding school era; relocation of thousands of American Indians to cities; and the resurgence of American Indian culture. As the editor of the award-winning Native News Network, he has a front seat view into what is happening among American Indians today.