Students Sleep Out for Change

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

Flattened cardboard boxes covered a large part of the outdoor plaza of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) on Nov. 7, where students and staff met overnight for the Sleep-OUT 4 Change. This event included a facilitated discussion and experience of the struggles and stigma of homelessness.

This final event of Campus Ministry’s Ignatian Week was organized by Residential Life and staffed by members of the office, and was adapted from similar sessions held at schools across the country. Over 30 people attended as they sat wrapped in coats and blankets on the cardboard in 45-degree weather well into the night.

Assistant Dean for Freshmen at FCLC Joseph B. Desciak, Ph.D., spoke, as well as a panel of individuals who have worked professionally with the homeless. This included former FCLC Residential Director Lindy Emerson Desciak, Lynden Bond of the Coalition for the Homeless, Nova Lucero of the Metropolitan Council on Housing and Renee Best from Henry Street Settlement.

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