The Halting Oppressive Pathways through Education (HOPE) Initiative

About the Program:

The HOPE initiative is designed to examine and eliminate the social, institutional, and academic barriers that often prevent males of color from achieving their full potential at BHCC and beyond. This asset-based, student-centered initiative is run by a group of faculty, staff, and students focused on transforming the college experience, removing barriers to success, and empowering students to navigate their college journey.

Students are encouraged to join the HOPE Initiative at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) through targeted outreach that follows an opt-out approach. Eligible students may reach out directly for more information and are automatically enrolled unless they request not to join. All SUCCESS students at BHCC receive program services until they earn their certificate or degree. By design, students are aware that they are receiving services through SUCCESS. A multitude of other units support HOPE at BHCC as a result of the program’s collaborative approach across the college.

Student Eligibility

Students who are eligible for the SUCCESS program at BHCC include:

  • First-time Students
  • Continuing Students
  • Part-time Students
  • Full-time Students
  • English language learners
  • Students with developmental needs in English and mathematics

Cohort Focus Population

IIn line with the legislative intent to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable student populations, the following student populations are actively recruited for the HOPE Initiative at BHCC:

  • Economically disadvantaged students
  • First-generation college students
  • Minoritized students (i.e., Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Cape Verdean, and multi-racial students)
  • Students with disabilities
  • LGBTQIA+ students

Support Services

The following supports are available to HOPE Initiative students at BHCC:


Academic Advising

Career Advising

Transfer Advising

Scholarship Advising

Case Management

Community Events


Discussion Groups


Tutoring/Study Groups

Affinity Groups


Field Trips to 4yr Schools

Summer Programs


Student Planning

Support Network

SUCCESS at BHCC is supported by 12 part-time staff, 12 full-time staff, and 20 student leaders.Welcome month activities and Breaking Bread student dinners are highlights of the HOPE Initiative’s retention efforts.

SUCCESS receives funding through the Massachusetts legislature and is supported by the 15 state community colleges, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), and the SUCCESS Leadership and Coordinating Committees.