|About||Esperanza College of Eastern University provides affordable & culturally relevant Christian faith-based education to Hispanics and underserved communities.|
The mission of Esperanza College, a Christian college program dedicated to the service of the Hispanic and local communities, is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and outlook of young people and adults so that they can live even more thoughtful, positive, productive, and purposeful lives.
We achieve our mission through the integration of faith, reason, and justice and acknowledge the importance of forming this integration within the academic program, in its instruction, and in the learning of our students, in order to:
A. develop a Christian worldview that informs intellect, attitude, and behavior;
B. sharpen skills of critical thinking, reflection, and analysis, as well as linguistic and communication skills;
C. appreciate the sources, values and contributions of Latino cultures; and lead to the enhancement of the spiritual, social, and economic well-being of the individual, the family, and the community.
Esperanza College was birthed from a tugging at the heart to impact the lives of people beyond the Sunday morning pulpit. It was, and is, a college unique to any other; an institution of redemption, grace and hope. This tug was felt by a group of Hispanic pastors in North Philadelphia in 1982 as they rallied together to serve a community suffering from poverty, unstable housing, low educational attainment, and high crime. The result was the creation of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia, and in 1987 they developed a non-profit organization called Nueva Esperanza Inc.
In 1996, Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr., President of Esperanza, began earnestly working on his vision to have a college within the neighborhood. After visiting many colleges and universities, he finally met with the president of Eastern University, Dr. David Black. Both visionaries, they initiated the planning of a partnership between Eastern University and Esperanza. The result was a junior college called Nueva Esperanza Center for Higher Education (NECHE). At that time Rev. Luis Cortes and President David Black formed an advisory body designed to develop the partnership with both institutions' best interests in mind. The College Council has been a policymaking and guiding hand that over the years has led the development of Esperanza College from its initial stages as a program to becoming an established branch campus of Eastern University. Over the years the Council has hired deans who could move this vision forward. In addition, Rev. Danny Cortes has served as Chairman of the Council and is currently Academic Chair of the Eastern University Board of Trustees.
The first cohort, made up of 28 students, was admitted in Fall 2000 with a special and unique curriculum that served the language needs of the Latino students while still being couched within the academic integrity of Eastern University’s CORE curriculum. Midway through its first decade, Eastern University Senior Vice President Dr. Tom Ridingt
Hispanic Choice Awards Education Champion of the Year, 2011
2013 Examples of Excelencia Finalist