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Pre-College Conference

Common Ground Moving Hope ForwardCommon ground: moving hope forward
Thursday, August 24–Sunday, August 27, 2023

“Rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” —Colossians 2:7, NIV

What is the common ground, the fertile soil, that unites us as a community of learners despite our differences? How does common ground contribute to feelings of genuine belonging and deep understanding? How can our aspirations, virtues and pillars serve as this “common ground”?

Pre-College Conference participation by full-time faculty is expected. Emeritus, adjunct faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to participate as available.

Thursday, August 24, 2023


All are welcome to join us for a communion service at 8:15 a.m. in Dimnent Chapel. This will be followed by fellowship and refreshments at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. At 9:45 a.m. we will convene in the Concert Hall for the President’s address.

Blooming Hope, an art installation, will be available for viewing in the Jack H. Miller Lobby during Thursday’s events through Friday at noon. Blooming Hope is an exhibition about the botanic lifecycle: sowing, growing and eventual giving. It showcases the work of 58 Hope College students who are in the current Hope Forward pilot cohorts. They created block prints as a reflective exercise to consider their own strengths, growth and hope for future impact. During their time at Hope College, Hope Forward students receive nourishment for growth in order to spread the seeds of new life in the world around them through generosity, access and community.

Lunch and short program FOr all faculty and staff
Location: Haworth Hotel

As of August 14 at 5 p.m., the RSVP for the August 24 Pre-College Conference lunch is closed.

afternoon SESSIONS  (1:15–4:30 P.M.) 


Friday, August 25, 2023

PRovost's address and FACULTY business meeting 

On Friday morning at 9 a.m., all faculty and college teaching staff are invited to the Provost’s address and faculty business meeting. Per the Faculty Handbook, attendance at faculty meetings is expected of all those holding voting privileges (II. Section C6). 

Belonging together open house 

On Friday, August 25, from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the Kruizenga Art Museum for the Belonging Together Open House sponsored by Culture Action Team (CAT). All faculty and staff are welcome! The event will run open house style with refreshments available throughout the day. There will be brief presentations highlighting members of our Hope community at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 


We’re continuing our work of updating all faculty and staff photos. These photos appear on the campus website and will remain on file for publicity needs. If you don’t have a current photo, please join us to have your photo taken!

  • Very pale colors tend to wash out on the soft gray background. You may wish to wear a little color to look your very best!
  • Those with transitions-type lenses in their glasses may need to allow an extra few minutes for their lenses to return to their non-darkened state.