Changing Narratives, Changing Outcomes



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Join us for a conversation about the work PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative is doing alongside community partners. We'll hear about the program evaluation of the Portland Street Response pilot program and a collaborative storytelling project that seeks to change the narrative around student homelessness through ethnographic cartooning.

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We'll be joined by:

  • Greg Townley, associate professor of community psychology and co-founder of PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative
  • Robyn Burek, program manager, Portland Street Response
  • Emily Leickly, doctoral student in applied community psychology and graduate research assistant
  • Raven Drake, ambassador program manager, Street Roots
  • Kacy McKinney, instructor in community development and lead researcher on Changing the Narrative project
  • Shaun Hardy, student and research assistant
  • Kimberléa Ruffu, student and research assistant
  • Jai Milks, student and Comics Studies intern
  • Kanani Cortez, editorial producer, Street Roots


Homeless students -- Services for, Homeless youth -- Education, COVID-19 Pandemic (2020- ), Homelessness -- Oregon -- Portland, Homelessness -- Social aspects, Public Services -- Oregon, Social justice, Equity, Racism, Anti-racism, Comic books strips etc., Cartoonists


Creative Writing | Inequality and Stratification | Social Justice

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