No child should be without a home.
Faculty Contact: Jan Wall, Ph.D. (617.349.8902, email@example.com)
This 1 Credit Discussion Group will be multi-disciplinary. Each of the 7 evening sessions will be facilitated by faculty with unique backgrounds and interests (neuropsychology, policy/advocacy, global studies, cognitive psychology, etc.) Readings, and suggested questions to consider, will be provided a week in advance of the discussions.
The intention of the course is to broaden students’ awareness on the topic of homelessness, better preparing them to critically engage in, and contribute to, their subsequent educational and internship placements.
Established by Lesley University in May 2011 with support from the Schoen Family Foundation, the Child Homelessness in Massachusetts Initiative is designed to bring attention to the growing number of children and families without adequate shelter in the Commonwealth. According to the Urban Institute, in the United States, “on any given day over 200,000 children are homeless.” One child in five in the United States is likely to experience chronic or episodic homelessness before reaching age six. Of the children most likely to experience homelessness, twenty-five percent have suffered from physical abuse and neglect. In Massachusetts upwards of 20,000 to 50,000 children experienced homelessness in 2010, the latest year for which there is government data.
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Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the LA&PS Social Sciences Division
Undergraduate Study Abroad
Foreign Languages at Lesley
News from 29 Mellen
Child Homelessness Initiative
College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
2011 Conference Presentations Archive
Dean Coleman's Interview with Laurie Schoen
Year One Inquiry
Year Two Inquiry
Reflections on World Homelessness
Partnerships in Policy / Advocacy
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