Annual "Women of Color Celebration"
Will Be Wednesday, March
Posted March 5, 2003
HOLLAND -- The sixth annual "Women of Color
Celebration" will be held at Hope College on Wednesday,
March 26, at 5 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
The event, scheduled in conjunction with national
Women's History Month, will feature a keynote address,
testimonials and a light supper. The theme is "It Takes
Strength and Courage."
Admission is $7 for the general public, $4.50 for
Hope students not on the college's meal plan and $2 for Hope
students using the meal plan. Tickets must be purchased in
advance by Friday, March 21, and are available during
weekday business hours. They are on sale at the Student
Union Desk in the DeWitt Center through Friday, March 14,
and will be sold at the Student Development Office in the
DeWitt Center on Monday-Friday, March 17-21.
Limited seating will be available for those who
wish to hear the testimonials and address but do not intend
The keynote address will be delivered by Eva
Aguirre-Cooper of WOOD TV-8. The testimonials will be
presented by three Hope College students: junior Emily
Cronkite of Holland, senior Abbie Gonzales of Holland and
senior Kimberly Turner of Grand Blanc.
Aguirre-Cooper joined WOOD TV-8 as director of
community affairs in 1997.
She previously worked at Trillion Post Production
as a project manager for four years, her responsibilities
including traveling to Mexico City to manage projects in the
Mexico City production community. From 1984 to 1994, she
worked at PBS stations including WSIU, SCETV and WGVU.
Aguirre-Cooper has also worked as a journalism
instructor in Detroit, and as an English instructor for
children in Mexico City.
She is involved in community organizations
including The Child and Family Resource Council; the
Process, Design and Implementation Committee, working on the
new master plan for the City of Grand Rapids; and the
Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Academy. In the past,
she served on the Villa Esperanza, the Latin America
Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Grand
Rapids Cable Access Corporation.
Aguirre-Cooper holds a bachelor's degree in
communication from Oakland University.
The Student Union Desk and Student Development
Office are on the first floor of the DeWitt Center, located
on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The Maas Center is
located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.