About SPU’s Homelessness Initiative


While the Seattle Pacific community had served homeless individuals in many ways over the years, the University hosted an encampment for the first time in early 2012 after students worked together with administration to bring this goal to fruition.

Then in late 2015, President Dan Martin announced the launch of SPU’s Committee on Homelessness. The goal: Keep the issue of homelessness in front of the Seattle Pacific community after SPU’s hosting of Tent City 3 for the second time (from December 2014 to March 2015).

The committee grew out of Goal 3 in the Strategic Plan to “embodying SPU’s commitment to Christian identity and human flourishing through cross-disciplinary and co-curricular discussions on local, national, and global issues.”

Committee on Homelessness

Meet the faculty and staff on the committee.

“Having the tent city on campus allowed us to bridge two disparate communities. ”
Karen A. Snedker and Jennifer McKinney
The Chronicle of Higher Education
SPU Campus

About SPU

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