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

SPU’s Committee on Homelessness works with students, faculty, and staff to incorporate this initiative through academics, advocacy, and service.

Committee members include:

  • Niki Amarantides, Director of the Center for Learning (co-chair)
  • Celeste Cranston, Director of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education
  • Liz Gruchala-Gilbert, College of Arts and Sciences Librarian
  • Sandra Hartje, Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Kristen Hoffman, Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian
  • Sharleen Kato, Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences; Director of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Bo Lim, University Chaplain; Associate Professor of Old Testament
  • Kevin Neuhouser, Professor of Sociology
  • Danielle Richmond, Assistant Director of Enrollment Operations
  • Karen Snedker, Associate Professor of Sociology (co-chair)
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About SPU

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