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Halting Oppressive Pathways through Education (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. The initiative is run by a group of faculty, staff and administrators who are focused on three main areas: research and analysis, gaps in College programs and services, and 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 as well as women.

Some current initiatives include:

  • Think Day series
    • Faculty, staff and administrators at the College meet 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.
    • The group engages in professional development through a Black Minds Matter course and viewing series
    • Resource library development
  • Dialogue series
    • Aimed at gathering 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 to create affinity space as a resource for students.