posted April 29, 1998

Alfredo Gonzales to Receive Hispanic Advocate of the Year Award

Alfredo Gonzales, assistant provost at Hope College, will receive the "1998 Michigan Outstanding Hispanic Advocate of the Year" "Honorable Mention" award from the Michigan Educational Opportunity Fund Inc. on Thursday, April 30.

          The award will be presented during an awards
  banquet at the Holiday Inn-South in Lansing.
          The Michigan Educational Opportunity Fund Inc.
  recognizes outstanding Hispanic college graduates, Hispanic
  and non-Hispanic educators, Hispanic advocates and Hispanic
  parents.  Criteria in the "advocate" and "educator"
  categories include having made an outstanding contribution
  in the area of Hispanic education; being active in community
  affairs and activities; and being active in committees
  addressing education in relation to the needs of Hispanics.
          Gonzales joined the Hope staff in 1979 as the
  director of the Upward Bound program, a position that
  continued with his appointment as director of minority
  student affairs in 1984.  In 1986 he was named assistant
  dean of multicultural life, working in the Office of Student
  Development to strengthen multicultural life at the college,
  assisting the admissions office in recruiting minority
  students and developing contacts with area high schools and
  other organizations.
          He was appointed assistant provost in 1990, a
  position with a variety of duties.  In addition to his on-
  going involvement in multicultural issues at Hope, he holds
  administrative responsibility for the college's A.C. Van
  Raalte Institute and women's studies programs, and is co-
  chair of the college's annual Critical Issues Symposium.  He
  is also a liaison to the Hope Academy of Senior
  Professionals (HASP) in coordinating an intergenerational
  learning project that links HASP members with faculty and
  students at Hope.
          Gonzales has been active in the creation of
  Holland's Sister-City relationship with Santiago de
  Queretaro in Mexico, and has similarly been actively
  involved in developing Hope's relationship with the
  Autonomous University of Queretaro.  In January of 1997,
  through one of only 24 fellowships awarded worldwide by the
  Ford Foundation, he participated in the "International
  Seminar on Diversity Issues in Higher Education" held in New
  Delhi, India.
          He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Western
  Theological Seminary, and is on the board of directors of
  the First of America Bank Corporation of Holland.
          Gonzales and his wife, Maria, reside in Holland
  and have two children.