Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:
--Hope College has received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

--Hope College utilizes the Great Place to Work Institute Trust Index Employee Survey as one way to gain information and insight about the experience faculty and staff have working at Hope College.
We invite input from every employee to gain an understanding of our strengths and to know where we need to invest to create a supportive, inclusive and meaningful work experience for all of our employees.
The college first conducted the trust survey in spring 2015 at the onset of the Hope for the Future: 2025 Strategic Plan. This survey provided a baseline of data to understand our work environment, and the college dedicated time and resources to responding to many of the needs expressed in the survey responses.
Because we know that there is still work to be done, we are conducting the survey again. This second assessment will help us understand the ways in which we’re living into our goal of creating an environment in which our faculty and staff can flourish.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:
–“Inclusive Excellence” is the AAC&U’s framework for leveraging the strengths of diversity to support student learning and promote institutional excellence.
Inclusive Excellence has four components (AAC&U, 2005):
A focus on student intellectual and social development
A purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning
Attention to the cultural differences learners bring to the educational experience and that enhance the enterprise
A welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning

The college is committed to:
Responding to the Racial Equity Steering Committee recommendations regarding inclusive excellence submitted in 2021
Living into the standalone space for cultural engagement and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Facilitating a culture of belonging through campus-wide Culture Action Team (CAT) efforts and events
In fall 2020, Hope College was accepted as an AAC&U Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT). Hope’s TRHT core team includes staff, faculty, administrators, students and community partners.

–Hope College is responding to the 2015 Trust Index Employee Survey.
Many desire more transparency and involvement in decision-making; are concerned that management expectations often exceed resources; and feel underappreciated for their efforts. Some also express a fear of retaliation.
Many express concern about discrimination on the basis of race, sex and other differences, sensing a disconnect between Hope’s values and the experience of some employees at work.
We take pride in our mission to develop students’ intellect and faith; we value the commitment and excellence of our co-workers; and we say we enjoy supportive workgroups.
Read more about how we are responding:

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:
Yes, through multiple meeting time options and the Trust Index website: https://hope.edu/offices/president/trust-index/how-were-responding.html

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Strategic Plan reporting:


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