History

Esperanza College was birthed from a tugging at the heart to impact the lives of people beyond the Sunday morning pulpit. It was, and is, a college unique to any other; an institution of redemption, grace and hope. This tug was felt by a group of Hispanic pastors in North Philadelphia in 1982 as they rallied together to serve a community suffering from poverty, unstable housing, low educational attainment, and high crime. The result was the creation of the Hispanic Clergy and in 1987, they developed a non-profit organization, called Nueva Esperanza Inc.

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Security at Esperanza College


Esperanza College of Eastern University is part of a dynamic partnership with Esperanza Inc., a Christian community organization serving Latino and other members of our North Philadelphia community. At Esperanza College, we believe that your security should be a team effort that involves the cooperation of all concerned: students, faculty, and staff.

Esperanza College is a community of more than 200 students and more than 60 faculty and staff. Because Esperanza College is a small community, each member plays an important role in the protection of the campus. All members of the community are asked to report any suspicious person, activity, or security concern directly and immediately to a security officer.

Recognizing (1) that the integrity of the classroom experience is critical to the educational process, (2) the legal requirements and liability in providing child care, and (3) the inherent liability in any classroom site/location, the University and Esperanza, Inc. do not permit students to have a child or dependent accompany them to a scheduled class. In addition, prior permission is to be obtained from the Dean or the Director of Student Life and then from the Instructor when a student desires an adult visitor to accompany him/her to class. Moreover, children/dependents/guests are not permitted to stay on the campus during class time.

Security Services

The College employs 4 unarmed security guards from Strikeforce Security Company. These security guards are responsible for securing campus buildings, assisting in opening locked vehicles, and providing escorts, upon request, for safety reasons. Guards regularly request the Physical Plant to repair burned-out lights, damaged property, broken door locks, and other items that may cause injury or risk to students, faculty, or staff.

Security patrols the campus on foot from 8:30 am until closing. During late evening hours the security guards on duty check the building and other places where students congregate. The security guards report directly to our Facilities Manager. The Department of Security maintains an excellent working partnership with the Philadelphia Police 25th District. Together they provide security services to the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crime in the area is monitored by sharing information with the police.

Security Staff

Supervisor .........................................................(215) 791-2305
Security Desk .....................................................(215) 324-0746 ext. 171

Hours

Monday–Thursday..............................................8:30 am–10:30 pm
Fridays ................................................................8:30 am–5:30 pm