/ Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Events and Programs

We offer diversity and professional development opportunities that focus on cultural competency and student success.

Find all our upcoming events on the campus calendar 

CDI Events

Diversity Lecture Series

The Diversity Lectures Series features distinguished leaders and experts in diversity and inclusion, with a focus on research and scholarship (five per year).


Step2Success invites incoming students of color and their families to arrive two days before Orientation to establish networks of support and develop a greater sense of community during their transition to Hope College.

Community Conversations

Community Conversations are opportunities for the Hope community to discuss and engage in relevant interdisciplinary topics on diversity, equity and inclusion. These conversations are aimed to create greater awareness about societal issues that impact the success of students. 


Provide one-on-one and group mentoring opportunities for students, both formal and informal.

 Women of Color & Senior Recognition

Open to the entire campus community, the Women of Color & Senior Recognition banquet features presentations by four female graduating seniors about their journey of success and resilience, includes profiles of the contributions and accomplishments of students and inspires others to aim high.

Partnership with Grand Rapids African American Health Institute

Creating pathways to careers in healthcare for minority students. 

Diversity Institute

Five workshops, offered every semester, including summer (additional trainings offered throughout the year). The goal is to empower students, faculty and staff to become advocates and leaders of equity and inclusion. 

Leadership Empowerment Program

Partnership with the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career to support students career development plan and job opportunities. We'd like to thank Herman Miller, Gentex, Lambert Company, Mercantile Bank, Spectrum Health, Steelcase and Meijer Corporation for their ongoing support.

Student Organization Events

Black Excellence Dinner

The Black Student Union celebrates the achievements and tremendous value of black faculty, staff and students, both past and present, at the annual Black Excellence Dinner.

View photos of the 2018 Black Excellence Dinner 

Culture & Mocktails
The Latino Student Organization provides entertainment and educational program, highlighting leadership, academic excellence and outstanding achievement.