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Student Research Projects

Shelter - Behind the Scenes: Unveiling the Stereotypes on a College Campus

Student Ashley Buck, Mallori King
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Sociology
Course SOC 480: Sociology 480: Social Research Project


Based on three years of quantitative and qualitative data from the Winter Homeless Shelter held on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College, this applied sociology project develops a guide manual to enable other colleges and universities to host their own homeless shelters. Operational experience, pre and post volunteer survey results, and guest feedback are used to explain what a shelter looks like on a college campus, how to host a shelter on a college campus, and why to host a shelter on a college campus.