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Halting Oppressive Pathways through Education (HOPE)

HOPE Initiative

About HOPE

The HOPE initiative is designed to examine and eliminate the social, institutional, and academic barriers that often prevent males of color from achieving their full potential at BHCC and beyond. This asset-based, student-centered initiative is run by a group of faculty, staff, and students focused on three main areas: qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and dissemination; assessing and addressing gaps in College programs and services; and affinity-based mentoring.

Currently aimed at transforming inequitable systems and structures so that Black and Latino males can thrive, the program aims to expand in the coming years to include other ethnic groups and women.

Some current initiatives include:

  • Thinking Day Series
    • Faculty, Staff, and administrators at the College will meet REMOTELY to discuss strategies for dismantling barriers to success on campus and in the Greater Boston community. Participants review literature, data and high-impact practices and brainstorm action steps for expanding and deepening work in this area. If you are interested in collaborating for these think days, please email hope@bhcc.edu.
    • The group will continue with the Black Minds Matter course and viewing sessions via remote as well; interested participants can also email hope@bhcc.edu
  • Dialogue Series
    • Similar to the Think Days and Black Minds Matter Course, these dialogues will continue remotely. Aimed to gather input from males of color about their experiences and needs at BHCC, the series strives to establish responsive, rather than proscriptive, programs and services and create affinity space as a resource for students. For additional information or to attend a dialogue series session, please contact hope@bhcc.edu.
  • HOPE Ambassador Program
    • The role of the HOPE Initiative Ambassador – Outreach Specialist successfully incorporates mentorship, resiliency guidance, problem solving, general (non-academic) assistance, and “safe space conversations”. HOPE leans on a network of passionate professionals on campus that are dedicated to the success of Black and Latino male students. Above all else, the role of the HOPE Ambassador is to empower students along their educational pathway, ensuring registration and course completion towards graduation and/or transfer. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us via email, or complete an application to become an ambassador here

2022 Fall Welcome Days 

HOPE Initiative Drop-Ins: Schedule Adjustment for Add/Drop Pt. 2
Monday, September 12, 2022  | 12-2 p.m.
This session will revolve around assisting students with adjusting their schedule before the Add/Drop period ends – this is the last day to adjust your schedule, so don’t miss out! 

HOPE Initiative Basketball Open Gym
Every Tuesday through the month of September
1-3 p.m. | Charlestown Campus Gym
Come connect with other BHCC students, staff, and faculty for some fun on the basketball court! All skill levels welcome! 

HOPE Initiative Drop-In Workshop: Time Management
Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 1-2 p.m.
Are you trying to balance school with other duties like a job, family responsibilities, or being a student-athlete? This workshop will focus on helping HOPE Scholars build and develop their time management skills in order to ensure their success at BHCC and beyond!

Thursday, October 20, 2022  |  6:30 p.m.
Tawakal Halal Cafe
389 Maverick St, Boston, MA 02128
RSVP: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9NqzkHRvrZSjeXI 
Come connect with HOPE Scholars, Staff, and Faculty over some great Somali food!

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