“Homeless to Harvard” heroine heads Homelessness Awareness Week at KSU
October 12-17 observance features conference and two-day student sleepout KENNESAW,…
Georgia (Oct 1, 2009) —
- Liz Murray, the daughter of drug-addicted parents, became homeless at 15 after her mother died. Murray finished high school in just two years while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. She completed high school and earned a scholarship to Harvard. After attending Columbia University for a short period to be closer to her ill father, Murray returned to Harvard where she completed her degree, graduating at 22. She has been featured on “ABC News,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America,”, “The Today Show” and CNN, as well as in articles in the New York Times and People magazine.
- Representatives of more than 20 agencies providing food, shelter and other services to the homeless in metro Atlanta will also appear at the conference, in classes and at forums throughout the week.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.