Project Description

Presented by Portland State University and University of San Diego

In this webinar, faculty from Portland State University and University of San Diego will share new research on discourses around homelessness, the stigmatization faced by people experiencing homelessness, and promising approaches to public education and changing harmful narratives.

In Portland, Dr. Maude Hines leads the “Changing Narratives, Creating Action” research area at Portland State University’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative.  Dr. Hines has led a set of projects studying the impact of discourses on homelessness and working to introduce homelessness as a research and teaching topic in the humanities.

In San Diego, Drs. Williams and DeConinck are co-directors of the University of San Diego Urgent Challenges Collective, which provides new opportunities for studying and addressing homelessness and affordable housing in the local community. Their research has investigated the forms and consequences of stigmatization encountered by people experiencing homelessness, and created toolkits for volunteers and service organizations to address stigmatization.