Glinda Rawls Promoted to Director of Multicultural Life
Posted May 9, 2002
HOLLAND -- Glinda Rawls has been promoted to
director of multicultural life at Hope College.
Rawls, who joined the Hope staff in 1999, has been
serving as interim director of multicultural life since the
fall of 2001. The position's scope is being expanded to
include more outreach to faculty, staff, prospective
students and alumni of the college in addition to continued
emphasis on working with current Hope students.
"Glinda is very capable of this additional
responsibility, and we look forward to the significant
contribution that she will make to the life of the college,"
said Dr. James Bultman, president of Hope College.
As interim director of multicultural life, Rawls
has provided advisory support to the college's student of
color organizations, including the Black Student Union,
Hope's Asian Perspective Association (HAPA) and the Hispanic
Student Organization. She also planned and coordinated
campus-wide programs designed to celebrate diversity and
enhance multicultural understanding, such as the college's
Cesar Chavez Address, Hispanic Heritage Month and Black
History Month events, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemorative Service, Women of Color, and the Dialogue on
Her new appointment is through the Provost's
Office, which administers Hope's overall efforts to improve
minority participation at the college.
Rawls joined the Hope staff as assistant director
of multicultural life and as resident director for Scott
Hall, which houses the college's Phelps Scholars Program, a
residence-based program that focuses on diversity issues.
She served in both capacities for two years, until becoming
interim director of multicultural life last fall.
In 2001, Hope students elected her recipient of
the "Outstanding Hope Woman-Staff" award, presented by the
Women's Issues Organization.
Rawls represents Hope on the Great Lakes Colleges
Association (GLCA) Institutional Committee for Educational
Equity (ICEE). She serves on the Executive Board of the
Michigan College Personnel Association as chair of the New
Professionals Committee, through which role she has
coordinated two new professional conferences.
She is also involved in the American College
Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of
Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). With ACPA, she
serves as a conference volunteer and as a program proposal
reviewer for the annual conference, recently held in Los
Angeles, Calif. With NASPA, she has been a conference
volunteer and served as a site supervisor for two Minority
Undergraduate Fellows Program (MUFP) interns.
Prior to coming to Hope, Rawls held a variety of
positions while pursuing her master's degree at Grand Valley
State University (GVSU) in Allendale, most recently as
assistant in academic advising and student services in the
School of Education. She currently serves as treasurer of
the College Student Affairs Leadership Alumni chapter at
GVSU, and is also a member of the university's Alumni Board.
Rawls graduated from De Paul University in
Chicago, Ill., in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in
communication. She completed her master's of education,
with an emphasis on college student affairs leadership, at
Grand Valley in April of 1999.