The statement below was made to the Hope Community on September 19, 2017 from the Student Congress:
Dear Hope Community:
It is with excitement that we welcome students to campus this year! The first three weeks at Hope have been filled with new experiences, additional members to our campus community, and a recently dedicated student center. Student Congress is both thrilled and humbled to represent the student body, and eager to work with the administration in promoting an inclusive environment for all students.
Over the course of the past month, life-changing events such as natural disasters, changes surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and protests heightening racial tensions in our nation have both directly and indirectly impacted our peers. We recognize the uncertainty of many of these situations and are encouraged by the supporting efforts of our campus community. Student Congress believes all of us are called to dedicate ourselves to the care and development of the mind, body, and spirit of every member of the Hope community.
In light of these recent events, we are optimistic that our community will benefit from civil discourse and engagement, as outlined in the five virtues of Hope. Alongside President Voskuil and his team of senior administrators, Student Congress is ready to address your needs and tackle the issues that are brought to our attention throughout the year. Our agenda is your agenda, and we are passionate about advocating for student concerns and constantly improving our campus. We encourage you to reach out to your elected Student Congress representatives with any concerns and ideas big or small that can make Hope a better place for you and other students.
Anchored in Hope,
Jason Gomory, President
Lydia Berkey, Vice President
Leah Asen, Controller
The Student Congress