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Welcome to the Office of Multicultural Education!

The mission of Hope College is to “educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.”

One aspect of preparing for global citizenship is through building relationships with people from different backgrounds. Throughout your Hope experience, we invite you to become involved in the Office of Multicultural Education, where we seek to establish relationships with people from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This enables us to learn from each other and become more enlightened about the world in which we live.

Our primary objective is to develop collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater Holland community to embrace and infuse diversity into the core fabric of the institution. In order to prepare students to live and work in a global society, cross-cultural understanding is essential. The Office of Multicultural Education uses a variety of approaches, including workshops, lectures, interactive programs, films, retreats, and dialogues to engender understanding that promotes social justice, equity, and mutual respect.

We live in a dynamic and complex society. Nothing is exactly as it appears. Therefore, the essence of a liberal arts education is to help you gain new ideas and ways of seeing the world; critically reflect, question, and examine information; and acquire skills that will enable you to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The Office of Multicultural Education provides a variety of educational and developmental opportunities to enhance the learning and growth process, which will ultimately lead to increased value of self and others.

We recognize that there are numerous elements of diversity. Every individual should be equally valued. Because, diversity at every level is complex and deserves rigorous attention, the Office of Multicultural Education focuses primarily on racial/ethnic diversity. Although other departments at Hope are specialized in different areas of diversity, including foci on physical challenges, religion, sexual orientation, and gender, we advocate and support the efforts towards respect and equality for all individuals regardless of their differences.

Multicultural Education is all encompassing - it includes EVERYONE. We are committed to providing support and guidance to all students as well as the campus community as we seek to make the Hope community a place where everyone can grow and learn together.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Greene