12 March 2014
Homeless on Campus
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” --
Eleanor J. Bader writes an article that educates us on the increasing plight of homeless students on campus. She uses examples of past students such as Aesha a twenty five year old student mother who was raising a child and also attended school. Bader also describes Adriana who lived in ten different houses with ten different families during high school. Assad Dahir a Somali immigrant who lived on the streets in the United States after seeking refuge from a violent country. Bader’s primary points to the issue of homeless students on campus are lack of resources, state funding and the lack of recognition of the homeless students after high school consistently increases. She uses accounts of teachers who have helped students by letting them sleep in their offices, and janitors who have turned a blind eye to assist. The main issue that Bader is trying to illustrate in the article is that while we go to our campuses and homes there are thousands of students that live on the streets and that these students have been forgotten by society.
I believe that there are three main points Bader is trying to illustrate in the article that have led to or has not assisted homeless students on campus. The author illustrates how shortage of resources in colleges through lack of funds has hindered them from being able to assist homeless students. Bader also notes in her article that lack of statistics in colleges does not bring the issue to light; therefore, the public remain ignorant towards the issue. Colleges and universities were built during a time period where only the privileged and certain ethnicities were able to attend them. This elitist attitude, combined with the lack of resources, has resulted in colleges that do little or nothing for their homeless students
As Bader wrote...