This session will discuss the topic of students experiencing homelessness. This topic has received limited attention despite these hard economic times that include rising tuition rates, requirements for higher degrees to secure employment and a lack of transitional support upon graduation. It is imperative that we take a closer look at the factors that are causing this prevalent issue to sweep our nation. The presentation will include a closer look at the College’s undergraduate students who self-identified as homeless in the Campus Climate Study (November 2013). Our aim is to increase awareness of college students’ homelessness through data and personal experiences, provide a model for addressing the needs of these students, as well as strategies for the College to identify these students before they drop out of higher education.
Carmen Aponte, PhD, is an assistant professor of social work at The College at Brockport. She has developed courses and teaches in the areas of multiculturalism and research. As a researcher, she has worked on tools for assessing cultural competency in human services and education. She is actively involved with the College’s initiatives in diversity and assessment. Dr. Aponte is chair of the department’s assessment committee, serves on the Diversity Planning Committee, and served on the campus climate assessment task force.
Tricia Snyder, LMSW, is a clinical assistant professor/director of undergraduate field education in the Department of Social Work at The College at Brockport. She teaches in the areas of social/economic justice, policy, and clinical practice. Ms. Snyder is the chair of the department’s field education committee and serves on the curriculum committee. In addition, she consults for public and private institutions on diversity and inclusion, trauma-informed care, as well as individual and organizational development.