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Heather Bean

Thanks to SPU’s Urban Plunge, Heather Bean spent five days getting a taste of what homeless people encounter in downtown Seattle. When she got back to campus, she switched her major to sociology — and never looked back. This year, Heather was student liaison to Tent City 3, a self-managed community of homeless people who lived on campus for three months. While combatting homelessness can feel insurmountable, she says connecting students with TC3 residents through game and worship nights, poetry workshops, and dinners has taught her the diversity of ways to make a difference.