Project Update: Faith & Family Homelessness

Written by Kristina Alvarado
August 13, 2015

This last month, the school's Faith & Family Homelessness Project was recognized for its inspirational work in education and advocacy by the Gates Foundation in their monthly newsletter. Read more about what the project has been doing below!

The school?s learning community continues to engage in this active social justice work as students from Dr. Mark Chung Hearn?s summer class Fostering Communities of Faith participated in the most recent Poverty Immersion Workshop?a simulation experience that demonstrates some of the frustrations and hardships of life in poverty. Students were challenged to navigate their way through job loss, social service agencies, childcare issues and more as they tried to get a sense for the everyday struggles of those living in poverty.?

In the month of June, the project extended its local reach by helping to host the 2015 Global Street Newspaper Summit, sponsored by the?International Network of Street Papers (INSP). Held for the first time in the United States, the conference gathered staff, board members, and vendors from street newspapers around the world to Seattle University to connect and collaborate in working towards better publications that serve low income people through low-barrier employment. The staff of the Faith and Family Homelessness Project supported the conference?s guests as they arrived from over 20 different countries. Dean Mark Markuly provided a warm welcome on behalf of Seattle University and the School of Theology and Ministry and participated in a panel on Ethics and Journalism. The school?s own Director of Marketing and Communications, Hannah Mello, conducted a widely popular and successful Marketing 101 workshop to help representatives develop creative marketing strategies for their papers. The conference also included a multi-media exhibit open to the community, entitled ?Portraits of Homelessness" featuring the work of Rex Hohlbein, founder of the advocacy group ?Homeless in Seattle.??

For more information on the Project, visit here.?

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