Running For: Council

Campaign Statement

I believe in Cooper Union and all that it stands for. I was a member of the Alumnae Committee for 2 years from 1987-1989.
What has happened to CU in the last couple of years is just disastrous in one word.
We must bring back free tuition.
The vibrant, scholarly tulip of New York City must bloom again. The belief that education should be free must not be lost by the selfish acts of a few!
I would like to be elected so that I can represent and serve the broader Cooper community.
Hope (Blake) Wade A’87


Hope Wade was born in Kingston Jamaica. She migrated to the US in 1982 where she attended NYC Technical College. At the encouragement of one of her professors who was a CU alumni, she applied and was accepted to CU. Photography and graphic design were her majors. She was instrumental in getting Black Literature as a part of the curriculum and was also one of the founding members of ONYX, the black students club. She owns her own fashion design company Hope Wade Designs. She is well known for producing opulent and elegant designs which have graced many red carpet events. Academy Award and Grammy winner Darlene Love wore her gowns on the David Letterman Show and for President and Michelle Obama at the White House TV performance The Gospel Tradition.
Her work has been seen at London Fashion Week Caribbean Fashion Week and NY Fashion Week. She was a top three finalist on A Critique with Tim Gunn for Project Runway.

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