USC and KSU Students Immerse Themselves in Homelessness

"Welcome to the place you never want to end up," yelled a man on downtown Los Angeles…

Georgia (Feb 6, 2012) — "Welcome to the place you never want to end up," yelled a man on downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, a homeless community of more than 10,000 people that covers 50 blocks. He was addressing a group of students from USC and Atlanta’s Kennesaw State University (KSU) who were touring the area for a project on homelessness.


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The tour was part of Leadership Exchange, a program created three years ago by the USC Office of Campus Activities, a department within the Division of Student Affairs. As part of the program, USC students partner with students from universities across the nation to deconstruct social issues.

USC and KSU teamed up for a six-month exploration of leadership, service and the social issue of homelessness that included two immersion weekends, one in Atlanta and another in Los Angeles. Students completed a team project that focused on homelessness during the program.

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