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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

2023 Spring Welcome Month Events

Drop-in Workshops for Add/Drop Schedule Adjustment
When: January 30th, 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: HOPE Hub (Room E-236G) and remotely
Remote link for Monday’s session: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81916940673 

From on January 30, students are able to adjust their schedule by adding and removing classes with no consequence! Come get help from the HOPE team adjusting your schedule during these drop-in workshops! January 30th is the last day for schedule adjustment, so don’t miss out!

Bolivar Scholarship Breaking Bread
When: Thursday, February 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: La Fabrica Central, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for this special Breaking Bread dinner, as we celebrate the life of Bolivar Soto, an amazing BHCC student who sadly lost his life, but not before inspiring so many of us at Bunker Hill, and in the greater Boston community. We honor his memory by providing a scholarship in his name, and on this evening we will kick off the next cycle of the scholarship by gathering to remember Bolivar and award the next recipient of the scholarship!

RSVP Link: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLPVIgz7Ww5ww9U 

HOPE Success Workshop: Applying for Scholarships
When: Tuesday, February 7, 1 – 2 p.m.
Where: HOPE Hub (Room E-236G) and remotely
Remote link for Tuesday’s Workshop: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81240126435 

Interested in applying for scholarships, but not sure where to start? Found a scholarship you’d like to apply to, but need some help? The HOPE crew has got you! Stop by our first Success Workshop of the semester for tips, tricks, and assistance with finding any applying to scholarships to help pay for your college education!

HOPE Scholar Dialogue Series Discussion
When: Thursday, February 23rd, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: HOPE Hub (E236G

Join us for our first Dialogue Series Discussion of the semester, where, the students guide the conversation. Share what’s on your mind and hear from your fellow students in a space of trust, respect, and openness!

Breaking Bread Dinner @ Darryl’s Corner Bar
When: Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Darryl’s Corner Bar, 604 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Done dialoguing? Get your grub on with the HOPE team for our second Breaking Bread of the semester, as we return to Darryl’s Corner Bar, known for its delicious soul food and live music performances!

RSVP Link: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9NqzkHRvrZSjeXI 

Spring Professional Development Series

Open Yale Course – African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
Monday afternoons 2:30-3:45 p.m.

*All videos can be found here

The New Negro
Monday, February 13, 2023 (Part I)
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Monday, February 27, 2023 (Part II)
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Deep dive
Monday, March 13, 2023
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Depression and Double V
Monday, March 27, 2023 (Part I)
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Monday, April 10, 2023 (Part II)
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Deep dive
Monday, April 24, 2023
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The Road to Brown & Little Rock
Monday, May 8, 2023
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Deep dive
Monday, May 15, 2023
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Study Beyond

When: March 14-16

The HOPE Initiative is offering HOPE Scholars the opportunity for peer networking, experiential learning and cultural enrichment, through exploring the city of New York Immersion in the community will include historic walking tours, viewing exhibits at the Hip Hop History museum, dining at local restaurants and much more.

Scholars interested in this Study Beyond experience should attend an Information Session on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 4 pm. or Friday, February 10, 2023 at 11 a.m.. Scholars can also connect with a HOPE Advisor in E236F.

The Study Beyond Application Deadline is February 24, 2023.

Study Beyond Application

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