Student Life

#TrendingTopics: Homelessness

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2016) —​ Join Student Activities Board's (SAB) Engaging Issues committee and the Center for Community Outreach (CCO) to address homelessness and hunger in Lexington at the last #TrendingTopics event of the semester.

Stop by the Kincaid Auditorium in Gatton College of Business and Economics 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, to engage in discussion about homelessness and hunger and what students can do to help. This event will be apart of the CCO’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

#TrendingTopics, like all the others, will not be short of speakers who can give a real life experience on the topics. Two speakers, Steve Thomas and Candi Darley, were both formerly homeless and found a way to overcome that life obstacle. Also in attendance will be John Maceri who runs the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, California. Students may know him from a TED talk he did at University of California, Los Angeles, in 2014.

“I feel as though sometimes the issue of homelessness can be overlooked, especially in our current fast paced, big picture, political atmosphere,” said Naija Omari, the director of Engaging Issues. “It can be very easy to overlook the age old human problem of putting food in bellies and clothes on backs. During my time going to school in Newark, New Jersey, I encountered people who were homeless and struggling on a daily basis. It made me realize that these were people who all had stories.”

SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.

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SAB CONTACT: Kaelin Massey, publicrelations@uksab.org, 859-257-8868

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