About
the Hope Center

Too many students leave college without credentials because life, logistics, and a lack of money got in the way. These #RealCollege students are the new majority, but they are often ignored. The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is home to an action research team using rigorous research to drive innovative practice, evidence-based policymaking, and effective communications to support #RealCollege students.

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Hope welcomes two new advisory board members for 2020!

Today Loree D. Jones and Nicole Lynn Lewis join the Hope Center’s Advisory Board, strengthening our commitment to the Philadelphia region and expanding our capacity to advancing evidence-based supports for #RealCollege students with children.  Loree is chief of staff for the chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, host of #RealCollege2020. She has served in top leadership positions …

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Hope welcomes Paula Umaña as our new Director of Community Impact!

Through the #RealCollege movement the Hope Center is redefining what it means to be a student-ready college. Students’ basic needs must be secured if they are to learn and grow at the college level. Practitioners who work directly with students while enduring the new economics of college are best positioned to create the changes necessary …

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