The Brown Daily Herald: HOPE hosts first annual summit

13 anti-poverty student groups attend three-day event, work to build sustainable network

Sunday, February 25, 2018

More than 100 students gathered at the University this weekend for the first annual Summit on Homelessness and Poverty. Attendees represented 13 student groups engaged in anti-poverty work at institutions as close as the University of Rhode Island and as far away as Vanderbilt University.

The summit, which was hosted by the advocacy and outreach group Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere and sponsored by the University's urban studies department, included keynote speakers, breakout sessions and workshops led primarily by representatives from student groups and community organizations.

Among the workshop leaders were individuals who have experienced homelessness, including Jesse Hardy, founder of Jesse's Homeless Outreach Project in New Haven, Connecticut.

“I want people to see that love … that we should have for each other, whether you're homeless or not,” Hardy told The Herald. “You don't always have to have money to help each other, you can just talk to people.” It is important for students to hear from speakers like Hardy to remember the importance of working with, and not for, people experiencing homelessness, Gabriel Zimmerman '18, executive director of HOPE and Nathaniel Pettit '20, HOPE's education chair, said.

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