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Sociology of Homelessness

On April 7th 2016, students enrolled in Sociology of Homelessness once again presented the results of their semester-long research in MacEwan Hall to the University of Calgary student community. Through their research, students explored, for example,

  • the relationship between intergenerational trauma and Indigenous people’s experiences of homelessness,
  • social factors that put first generation immigrants, especially visible minorities, at risk of experiencing homelessness,
  • the intersection of health/mental health challenges and homelessness,
  • homelessness among elderly Canadians and veterans,
  • causes and consequences of youth homelessness,
  • parenting while homeless,
  • the impact of homelessness on children’s educational outcomes, and
  • approaches to alleviating homelessness and its consequences.





The goal of the poster event was to raise awareness for the causes and consequences of homelessness in Canada and to present potential solutions. In conjunction with the poster event, Brittany Carlyon organized a product drive, collecting donations of feminine hygiene products and raising awareness for the challenges homeless women face. The donation drive generated 18 boxes of tampons and 25 boxes of pads, which were donated to Inn from the Cold, a family shelter in the downtown core.






The event was supported by the Department of Sociology, who covered the costs of renting the space in MacEwan Hall, which significantly contributed to the success of this year’s poster event and donation drive.