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Soup & Hope

A person in a red coat holds a Soup & Hope bowl and spoon.

Over the past 15 years, dozens of Soup & Hope speakers have touched, inspired, motivated, and stirred the hearts of those who gather during the winter months at Sage Chapel. Stories have come from a wide range of Cornell staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members. They reflect diverse personal, cultural, religious, political, and philosophical beliefs and experiences. Each story is shared among friends and colleagues, traditionally over bowls of hot soup and bread.

2022 Speakers

Photos of 2022 Soup & Hope speakers, as listed above

Thank you to our Soup & Hope Planning Committee

  • Oliver Goodrich, Chair - Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making
  • Yasin Ahmed - Cornell United Religious Work (CURW)
  • Danny Alvarado-Gomez - Class of 2022, student representative
  • Jennifer Austin - Cornell Health
  • Tracey Brant - University Ombudsman
  • Diane Bradac - Human Resources 
  • Kelly Chan - Center for Teaching Innovation
  • Kristine DeLuca - Cornell Commitment
  • Linda Falkson - University Ombudsman
  • Amy Gaulke - SCL Communications
  • Linda Mikula - University Relations
  • Collins Peters - Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making
  • Kyle Schillace - Campus Activities
  • Karen Williams - Cornell Health 
  • Amanda Barrett Wittman - David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement
  • Angela Yantorno - Graduate School
  • Victor Younger - School of Hotel Administration, Cornell College of Business

Co-Sponsors and Supporters

Soup & Hope is sponsored by the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making and Cornell United Religious Work, Cornell Dining, and Cornell Health. Additional support comes from Academic Technologies, the Office of Alumni Affairs, Campus Activities, Cornell Commitment, Office of Engagement Initiatives, the Graduate School, Human Resources Work/Life, the Office of the Ombudsman, School of Hotel Administration, and University Relations.

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