Homelessness Awareness Week at KSU
Many Kennesaw State students have a strong desire to actively engage with the community – to make a difference by collaborating with other members of the Owl family. That spirit of involvement is on display again this year with Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW), which runs through Nov. 9.
The 12th annual event, organized by the Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services program, is designed to raise awareness of homelessness on campus and in surrounding communities, while reducing the stigma of individuals facing homelessness. Under the exceptional leadership of Director Marcy Stidum, CARE offers support to students who are dealing with issues related to homelessness, food insecurity, or foster care. Her efforts to increase awareness bring together staff from Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing and many other campus departments to help students who need support.
Throughout this week’s events, KSU students, faculty and staff are collecting and restocking food for the campus food pantries, including a Hoot Out Hunger event and the HAW Service Day. There are multiple activities to enhance awareness regarding the fight to end hunger and give our students a first-hand look at housing insecurity. Events include the Mad Houser’s Competition, Empty Bowls, and the HAW Sleep Out Challenge.
I want to send my personal appreciation to all KSU students participating in Homelessness Awareness events this week. I am particularly grateful for the staff and students working with KSU’s CARE program throughout the year. Their continued efforts and compassion are a source of pride for Kennesaw State.