Homelessness Awareness Week 2012 kicks off at Kennesaw State Oct. 8

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Daylong conference and 42-hour sleep-out to offer insights into homelessness  KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Oct 4, 2012)Daylong conference and 42-hour sleep-out to offer insights into homelessness 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2012) — Homelessness Awareness Week at Kennesaw State has been recognized nationally and locally. In July, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R-Ga) read a proclamation into the Congressional Record praising the effort to raise awareness about the problem. In September the program received proclamations from the state of Georgia, Cobb County and the city of Kennesaw.  
View Sen. Johnny Isakson's recognition of Kennesaw State's Homelessness Awareness Week here 


  • Monday, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Homelessness Awareness Week kicks off at Kennesaw State with a conference at the Carmichael Student Center. Speakers will discuss homelessness on the local and national levels.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.: Sleep-out at Kennesaw State. Students will play the roles of homeless individuals who must find food and shelter as they attempt to go to school and maintain other commitments. During the sleep-out, faculty, staff and students will also play the roles of police, court personnel and social service workers.


  • Monday’s conference will feature Roy Juarez Jr., a former homeless teenager and high school dropout who became a college graduate and the founder of a human development company. He is currently on the “My Bag, My Home: Homeless by Choice Tour”; Marietta Police Department Lt. Steve Kish, who will discuss how police identify the needs of the chronically homeless; and urban poet Rahsaan Omar Thomas, who recovered from homelessness and often performs at popular metro Atlanta venues, including the Apache Cafe and Java Monkey.


The sleep-out will be in the area between the Social Sciences Building, the Public Safety Department and Pilcher Hall on the Kennesaw State campus at 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA. 30144.

For more information go to: https://web.kennesaw.edu/csl/haw.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu