Project Title

More Voices of Homelessness

Name of Award

APDC Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded



History, Place and Political Science

Project Description

Louise Edwards-Simpson, PhD, Assistant Professor, was awarded $4,668.00 through a APDC Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant for her project More Voices of Homelessness. The SCU Voices of Homelessness oral history project dispels the misconception that there is a boundary between "us" and "them" when it comes to the issue of housing insecurity and some members of our campus community. Collecting and preserving their individual stories aligns well with the SCU mission, vision and strategic plan. This project is consistent with our CSJ founders’ focus on understanding and confronting social injustices and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, most especially the option for the poor and the dignity of all. The oral history project advances the institution's reputation for academic excellence by producing and making accessible an enlarged collection of interviews that are ethically-conducted and conform to archival standards. There is an innovative spirit behind this oral history project as it grows directly out of my experiences teaching the Core Curriculum and United States history at St Kate’s. The oral history project also incorporates partnerships made possible through the co-curricular Office of Community Work and Learning. It relates to the strategic vision of educating for transformational leadership by documenting personal stories of women’s movement from profound instability to an educational path at St. Kate's that offers concrete skills, knowledge and the hope for a more secure future.

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