Student Research Projects
An On-Campus Homeless Shelter: Applied Sociology and Community-Service in Action
This project investigated the experiences and outcomes of a weeklong winter homeless shelter hosted on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College, a small liberal arts college located in Norfolk, Virginia. This unique applied project tied together academics, applied sociology, and service learning to provide shelter and the evening meal for an average of 60 homeless individuals each evening during the week of January 7-14, 2007. Over 90 members of the campus community (students, staff, and faculty) volunteered in the shelter project. A reflection book and open-ended survey questions provided an opportunity to gather volunteer feedback and pre- and post-assessments using the Attitudes Toward Homelessness Inventory (ATHI) were administered to assess any impacts of participation on volunteer attitudes toward the homeless.
VWC Undergraduate Research Travel Grant
Accepted for Presentation at the American Sociological Association (ASA) meeting in New York City in August 2007