Hope College will host its third annual "Women of Color Celebration," featuring testimonials, a keynote address and a light supper, on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

          The evening's theme will be "Redefining Ourselves
  in the New Millennium."  The keynote speaker will be Dr.
  Anna M. Ortiz, who is an assistant professor in the College
  of Education at Michigan State University.  In addition,
  selected members of the Hope faculty, staff and student body
  will share testimonials regarding their experiences as women
  of color.
          Tickets must be purchased in advance, and cost $6
  for non-students, $3.50 for Hope students not on the
  college's meal plan and $1 for students on the Hope meal
  plan.  Tickets are available at the Student Union Desk in
  the DeWitt Center through Friday, March 17.  They will be on
  sale in the college's Student Development Office in the
  DeWitt Center Monday-Friday, March 20-24.
          The dinner and testimonials on March 28 will run
  until approximately 6:40 p.m., with the keynote address
  immediately following.  Limited seating will be available,
  on a first-come, first-served basis for those unable to
  attend the dinner but wishing to hear the address.
          The event is co-sponsored by the Offices of
  Multicultural Life and Special Programs at Hope.
          Ortiz has made presentations on a variety of
  topics, including on race, class and gender in the
  classroom; educational strategies for cross-cultural
  education; and ethnic identity development in college
          She has been a member of the Michigan State
  University faculty since 1997.  She had previously taught
  "American Cultures" at Loyola Marymount University for a
          Ortiz completed her doctorate in higher education
  and organizational change at the University of California,
  Los Angeles in 1997.  Among other duties while at UCLA, she
  was a researcher and an evaluator in the Conflict Mediation
  Program, and had also served as a researcher in Higher
  Education and Organization Change.
          She was an associate director of student housing
  at Chapman University from 1989 to 1993, serving as acting
  director during 1991-92.  She was a resident director at the
  University of California Davis from 1987 to 1989.
          Ortiz holds a master's in higher education and
  student affairs from The Ohio State University, Columbus,
  and a bachelor's in human development from the University of
  California, Davis.