Undergraduates from the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts were recognized on Oct. 10 by the Pittsburgh City Council for their work on the seventh annual Stand Up for Homeless Children art installation.
Students in Associate Communications Professor Dr. Erik Garrett’s Integrated Marketing Communications class organized the Oct. 17 event as part of a community engagement project through the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research.
Three students—Anya Cybulski, Wyatt Santos and Anunnaqi (NuNu) Withrow-Davis— attended the City Council ceremony with Garrett on behalf of their class to be recognized in conjunction with the official declaration of Homeless Children’s Awareness Week in Pittsburgh.
Stand Up for Homeless Children partners Garrett’s students with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) to raise awareness for the educational issues facing homeless children throughout Allegheny County.
Event participants stood in silence for 15 minutes for those who have no voice, while holding images of faces that represent the estimated 3,000 children experiencing homelessness in the region.