Serving students with CARE
Serving our students is the number one goal at Kennesaw State University. While many excellent programs on campus share in this aspiration, one takes that dedication a step further. Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services does work that makes a direct impact on students and engages with the community in very tangible ways. I visited their offices recently, and the difference they make is amazing. While visiting, I had the chance to meet with some of the students who benefit from the services. They are exceptional students, and we are fortunate to have them as part of our collective student body.
Under the incredible leadership of Director Marcy Stidum, CARE offers support to students who are dealing with issues related to homelessness, food insecurity, or foster care. In the five years since CARE Services was formally launched at Kennesaw State, hundreds of students have been served in some way with one-on-one support. Thousands of pounds of food have been distributed to students in need, and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to help students who need housing, food, books, and other necessities. Marcy Stidum would be quick to tell you that this is a campus-wide effort in partnership with many KSU departments, such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and Campus Housing.
People are often surprised at the number of students who are affected by homelessness on college campuses, but the work of CARE Services puts that problem into sharp relief. Part of that effort includes an important week designed to raise awareness. Next week, Nov. 3-10, marks KSU’s 11th Annual Homelessness Awareness Week, which gives people on our campuses the opportunity to recognize the impact of homelessness on our students and the community. Some events are donation drives or fundraisers, while others are informational sessions targeted at awareness and stigma reduction.
We all know that KSU is an outstanding university academically. But, it is the heart of KSU that shines through the efforts exemplified by the CARE office. The staff and students deserve our thanks for the service they provide to their fellow KSU family members. CARE Services provide a meaningful impact for our students and our community and are a source of pride for Kennesaw State. I look forward to supporting their important work.