LEAP Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty Bruce Hoppe

Bruce has worked in grass roots community engagement and organizing for more than 40 years in the US and in third world countries. He has managed volunteer advocacy programs and designed and delivered in-service volunteer field training in various human service fields including the Educational Development Corporation’s experimental primary school science curriculum in Kenya, the training of migrant farmworker consumer advisory boards for state migrant health programs in five Midwestern states and the development of a native crafts cooperative on the Blackfeet Reservation and a satellite community health clinic on the Rocky Boys Reservation in Montana. He is also a founding member of and the first editor for New Mexicans for Quality Long Term Care (NMQLTC), a grass roots statewide organization of family members advocating for the improvement of quality of care issues for residents in nursing homes. Working as the chief strategist for NMQLTC, he participated in the drafting of and the lobbying for the successful passage of legislation to set minimum staffing standards in New Mexico nursing homes.

In a five year stint as a journalist for the Union County Leader, a regional newspaper in northeastern New Mexico, he did in-depth and investigative reporting on topics ranging from local and state politics and government to regional environmental issues and community arts and culture. He is a nine time winner of the E.H. Schaffer award for writing from the New Mexico Press Association.

Bruce has an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles and a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from Kansas State University. He has previously taught at New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College in New Mexico. He has been a performing singer/songwriter in the Americana genre since saving for his first Sears and Roebucks guitar as a teenager.