About Hope

Hope Arcuri is a Junior at Duke University. She started this blog during the second month of her freshman year in college after learning about Dr. Brene Brown’s research on vulnerability. Brown defines vulnerability as “the courage to show up and be seen.” Brown writes that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It’s the “magic sauce.”

After learning more and more about vulnerability, Hope realized that it was lacking in her life. She started this blog to hold herself accountable towards applying Brown’s research in her every day life experiences, and to encourage others to consider vulnerability, too.

Hope has quickly realized the power of vulnerability in helping foster incredible relationships in her life, and in the lives of her 20,o00+ readers. She hopes this site can be a source of encouragement and hope for her readers, but that it also challenges her readers to unleash their vulnerability to strengthen the relationships in their lives.

The Words Of Hope tab includes posts about how she has seen vulnerability and hope in her life that week.

The Missed Moments tab is part of a series of collected observations of people Hope encountered on the DC metro in the summer of 2015. Due to popularity, these observations will appear in a book published in the near future. Stay tuned!

The tab called “THE: Trump’s Health Effects” includes Hope’s thoughts on how Trump and his Administration are affecting, and will affect, various areas of health policy. Hope is a Global Health and Public Policy major at Duke, and has worked for various global health organizations locally and internationally. From Election Day until Inauguration Day, these weekly updates combine information from sources from all sides of the aisle, but experts nonetheless, from the most recent news articles, press releases, podcasts, and policy memos. Hope also writes for the Kenyan health and education NGO Wiser on their blog at www.underthewisertree.com. Check it out!

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Want Hope to speak at your event? Get in touch with her over social media or email. Hope speaks at leadership, youth, activist and fundraising events, at conferences, and at churches.

The Words of Hope logo was designed by Hope’s fellow Duke University classmate, Kelsey Graywill, from Graywill Creative Projects. The professional pictures were photographed by Tanya Odom at Oh, Goodness– Fine Portraits in Winston Salem, NC.