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Hope College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
141 E 12th St
Holland, Michigan 49423
(616) 395-7000
Email address
School Information
"Hope’s campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Holland, just miles from Lake Michigan. We’ve been part of this community for more than 150 years, growing from the 10 students who enrolled in 1862 to more than 3,100 students on campus today." The college enrolls over 3,100 students, has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, and offers 91 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. (Source:
General Information
Hope College's Center for Diversity and Inclusion released resources on anti-racism and microaggressions. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion states that it "promotes the intersection of identities and believes that through an increase in racial/ethnic diversity among our students, faculty, staff and administrators, diversity in every other category is strengthened."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In August 2021, the college hosted “Race, Racism and Antiracism: A Dialogue on How Christians Should Think about Race.”
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion utilizes a "strengths-based approach to provide training on cultural competence and opportunities for self-reflection and awareness about how privileges and biases manifest in discriminatory and oppressive behaviors."
  • The Diversity Institute at Hope College is a "series of five workshops offered every semester, including summer" which has the goal of empowering "students, faculty and staff to become advocates and leaders of equity and inclusion."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The US Diversities and Global Perspectives requirement is part of the General Education curriculum and includes a course titled U.S. Diversities, which is described as follows: "The primary focus of the U.S. Diversities component centers on the diverse perspectives, cultures, and/or historical experiences of historically marginalized groups in the United States. with a focus on race...The majority (more than 50%) of the course content is authored by or from the perspective of historically marginalized groups."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Regarding incidents of bias, the college states, "If you have experienced a hate crime and/or ethnic intimidation[,] [s]tudents/employees are encouraged to report any prohibited conduct that may constitute a crime to local law enforcement immediately."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion has created a program in partnership with the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute in order to "create pathways to careers in healthcare for minority students."
  • The FACES (Fostering a Community of Excellence in Science) mentoring program at Hope College "help[s] incoming, underrepresented first-year students build a community at Hope and in the STEM field."
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provided a set of "Anti-Racism Resources for White People," which includes movies, books, podcasts, and organizations.
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provided a Microaggression Toolkit.
  • A Hope College professor's blog on "How can I embed antiracism into the choices I make in daily living?" was posted on the college's Blog Network.
  • The Blog Network featured a piece on "The ABCs of inclusion," which provided tips for making campus organizations inclusive.
  • On September 27, 2023, the college held an event titled "Discerning Truth in a World of Uncertainty" which included a breakout session titled "Critical Race Theory: From Arcane Academic Theory to Political Lightning Rod.”
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion states that its "commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is infused into every aspect of the college."
  • The "Step2Succes Pre-orientation Program" is for "[i]ncoming students of color and their families" who "arrive two days early to gain a jump start on the academic experience, establish networks of support and develop a greater sense of community during their transition to Hope College."
  • The college publishes an ongoing blog titled "Getting Race Right" which is a "project of Professor Charles Green and Race in America students at Hope College." The blog features articles by students and professors on the topic of race in America.
  • Hope College links to several organizations and institutions that offer scholarships for "women and underpresented [sic] minorities who are interested in STEM fields during their college education."
Last updated November 13th, 2023
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