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What?

G.R.O.W. is a movement that strives to create partnerships with various departments and entities across Hope College to bring about a common, positive approach to diversity and diversity related issues. The acronym G.R.O.W. stands for:
"Growing Relationships
through diverse
Opportunities
to strengthen involvement
in an ever-changing
World"

 

The G.R.O.W. movement is a tangible framework to expand our vision of diversity and think of it as an Opportunity to GROW personally, professionally and spiritually . The scriptures from Genesis to Revelation tell the story of God’s love for all people and encourage us to love one another as He loves us. But, the question is how can you love someone that you do not know? The G.R.O.W. movement is designed to provide opportunities to develop rich and meaningful relationships through open and honest dialogues that will allow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and board members to get to know one another while growing as brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Why?

The face of America is dramatically changing. As a result, both students and faculty at colleges and universities are becoming increasingly varied in their backgrounds and experiences, reflecting the diversity in our broader society. Therefore, it is crucial for us to create a learning environment that respects all aspects of diversity. Diversity is often viewed as an “issue” or something that needs to be fixed. As a result, due to lack of awareness and understanding; fear, guilt, anxiety, and distrust, many people take a reactive, resistance and defensive approach to diversity. Therefore, the G.R.O.W. Movement is an effort to foster a shared community vision and safe spaces on campus to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. G.R.O.W. is intended to make all constituents feel encouraged to learn and grow together.

 

When? / How?

G.R.O.W. is not a single program or event. This movement will take various forms. As more departments and entities join this movement, there will be more G.R.O.W. opportunities. Opportunities to G.R.O.W can be found here. Also, advertisement that has the the G.R.O.W. logo (see picture at the top) are also considered to be G.R.O.W. opportunities.

 

Who?

The G.R.O.W. movement is campus-wide; therefore individuals all over campus will be involved in this movement.