Alfredo Gonzales, assistant provost at Hope College, will receive the "1998 Michigan Outstanding Hispanic Advocate of the Year" "Honorable Mention" award from the Michigan Educational Opportunity Fund Inc. on Thursday, April 30.
The award will be presented during an awards
banquet at the Holiday Inn-South in Lansing.
The Michigan Educational Opportunity Fund Inc.
recognizes outstanding Hispanic college graduates, Hispanic
and non-Hispanic educators, Hispanic advocates and Hispanic
parents. Criteria in the "advocate" and "educator"
categories include having made an outstanding contribution
in the area of Hispanic education; being active in community
affairs and activities; and being active in committees
addressing education in relation to the needs of Hispanics.
Gonzales joined the Hope staff in 1979 as the
director of the Upward Bound program, a position that
continued with his appointment as director of minority
student affairs in 1984. In 1986 he was named assistant
dean of multicultural life, working in the Office of Student
Development to strengthen multicultural life at the college,
assisting the admissions office in recruiting minority
students and developing contacts with area high schools and
He was appointed assistant provost in 1990, a
position with a variety of duties. In addition to his on-
going involvement in multicultural issues at Hope, he holds
administrative responsibility for the college's A.C. Van
Raalte Institute and women's studies programs, and is co-
chair of the college's annual Critical Issues Symposium. He
is also a liaison to the Hope Academy of Senior
Professionals (HASP) in coordinating an intergenerational
learning project that links HASP members with faculty and
students at Hope.
Gonzales has been active in the creation of
Holland's Sister-City relationship with Santiago de
Queretaro in Mexico, and has similarly been actively
involved in developing Hope's relationship with the
Autonomous University of Queretaro. In January of 1997,
through one of only 24 fellowships awarded worldwide by the
Ford Foundation, he participated in the "International
Seminar on Diversity Issues in Higher Education" held in New
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Western
Theological Seminary, and is on the board of directors of
the First of America Bank Corporation of Holland.
Gonzales and his wife, Maria, reside in Holland
and have two children.