Exemplifying SSFD's Values
The Hope Center is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This is true in the broadest possible terms and includes diversity of thought, research, and discipline. Hope as an area of research and in practice is necessarily inclusive and addresses equity and diversity. The goal of the Hope Center is to foster respectful communication, collaboration, and a sense of community among researchers and practitioners. Furthermore, by understanding and practicing hope the Hope Center seeks to further communication, collaboration, and a sense of community to those it serves.
The Hope Center is born out of a collaboration between SSFD and Kids at Hope. The relationship is not a limiting factor but a model for community engagement. The relationship begins with the understanding that advancing knowledge and solutions for equity and justice is a process co-created between school and community members. It values a non-hierarchical and sustainable relationship focused on building trust with local communities and organizations doing the work on justice, equity, and representation. The goal is for the founding relationship to advance to Hope Center to look for opportunities to expand our network adding to the collective voice and actions for social change. We look towards creating more opportunities for SSFD faculty, staff, and students to partner and work with community organizations and members.
The Hope Center embraces and values diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, and fosters their integration in teaching, research, and community activities. We strive to examine hope through a myriad of lenses and approaches. Hope is not sector or discipline specific, rather it is an essential component of a wide variety of human activity. The goal is to seek participation from across Arizona State University and across the world through communities served. Diversity of insights and perspectives are welcome, while maintaining the integrity and standards of the disciplinary units. Hope is a nexus to draw various disciplines and methodologies together and advance individuals and communities.
The Hope Center is committed to providing all students––on-ground and online undergraduate students, and graduate students––with a high-quality education that develops the academic and socioemotional toolkit needed to reach their goals. We provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and with communities. We enrich student experiences by offering learning, research, and community engagement opportunities. Our goal is to provide opportunities to bring research to communities, research to benefit communities, and engage in translational research and work to all interested students.
The Hope Center is inclusive and looks for opportunities to elevate faculty and students by providing opportunities in research and practice. Hope is at its base: goals, agency and pathways. The Hope Center embraces hope in its approach by allowing room for faculty and students to embrace those principles and engage with and through the Hope Center. We seek to advance interested faculty and students in meaningful research and community engagement to advance their work and careers.