Hope College will host its third annual "Women of Color Celebration," featuring testimonials, a keynote address and a light supper, on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
The evening's theme will be "Redefining Ourselves
in the New Millennium." The keynote speaker will be Dr.
Anna M. Ortiz, who is an assistant professor in the College
of Education at Michigan State University. In addition,
selected members of the Hope faculty, staff and student body
will share testimonials regarding their experiences as women
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and cost $6
for non-students, $3.50 for Hope students not on the
college's meal plan and $1 for students on the Hope meal
plan. Tickets are available at the Student Union Desk in
the DeWitt Center through Friday, March 17. They will be on
sale in the college's Student Development Office in the
DeWitt Center Monday-Friday, March 20-24.
The dinner and testimonials on March 28 will run
until approximately 6:40 p.m., with the keynote address
immediately following. Limited seating will be available,
on a first-come, first-served basis for those unable to
attend the dinner but wishing to hear the address.
The event is co-sponsored by the Offices of
Multicultural Life and Special Programs at Hope.
Ortiz has made presentations on a variety of
topics, including on race, class and gender in the
classroom; educational strategies for cross-cultural
education; and ethnic identity development in college
She has been a member of the Michigan State
University faculty since 1997. She had previously taught
"American Cultures" at Loyola Marymount University for a
Ortiz completed her doctorate in higher education
and organizational change at the University of California,
Los Angeles in 1997. Among other duties while at UCLA, she
was a researcher and an evaluator in the Conflict Mediation
Program, and had also served as a researcher in Higher
Education and Organization Change.
She was an associate director of student housing
at Chapman University from 1989 to 1993, serving as acting
director during 1991-92. She was a resident director at the
University of California Davis from 1987 to 1989.
Ortiz holds a master's in higher education and
student affairs from The Ohio State University, Columbus,
and a bachelor's in human development from the University of