Hope grew up in a family that was heavily invested in community development and non-profit ministry work both locally and globally. As a 12-year-old, she made her first trip to Uganda with her father and has returned nearly every year since. At age 15, she began to make the trip independently to stay for longer periods of time, working alongside a native-run organization with the desire to gain a better understanding for everyday life beyond a structured short-term trip. Over the last few years, she has been able to work with and learn from a sustainability initiative focused on healthy cross-cultural relationships and economic development in Busia, Uganda.
Hope is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and minors in African Studies and Religion. She plans to return to UGA next fall to begin graduate school in Social Work with a dual emphasis on community development and clinical practice.
Authenticity, intentionality, and compassion are three words that are significant to Hope in the way she tries to understand her relationships with others and the world, her aspirations for the future, and who she desires to be as an individual. She loves writing, reading, and having deep conversations with others about the ways they are growing. She also loves research—you can frequently find her watching a documentary or listening to a podcast in her spare time.