These eight-week long workshops give Warren Wilson students a spectrum of experiences within one issue.Through direct service and educational meetings, students gain a better understanding of how current policy affects community agencies and the populations they serve.Time is set aside for students to meet with local experts, hear the stories of those directly involved, and reflect upon how their own perceptions of the issue change over the course of the workshop. Workshops enroll 6-10 students who participate as a group in direct service, advocacy and policy work to gain a better understanding of the issue. Attendance agreement is required. Participation in an Issue Workshop fulfills PEG 2 of the Community Engagement Commitment or counts as 25 hours towards the 100 hour service requirement.
FALL 2013: Applications CLOSED
PATHWAYS TO PERMANENT HOUSING
Description: It has been estimated that on any given night, 500 individuals in Buncombe County experience homelessness. Awareness of the issue and active participation in its solutions is the main focus of our workshop. We will work closely with our community partner, Homeward Bound, to understand the main components of homelessness in the Asheville/Buncombe County area and explore solutions for permanent housing. What are the root causes of homelessness? How are emergency shelters different from permanent housing? What politics and levels of influence factor into this process? We will explore these questions as well as subtopics, such as LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. A culminating piece of this workshop will be the creation of an advocacy project to work towards sustainable housing for all.
Meeting times: Educational meetings will take place Mondays, 5:15-6:30 at dinner; Participants will choose from one of two service times: Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 OR Sundays 9am-12pm
Leaders: Breanna Ryan, Misha Perez ,and King Thompson
SPRING 2014: Check back on this page in January to know more about Spring Issue Workshops available.