Homelessness in San Diego: What makes Good Neighbors?

Please join us for a public conversation about homelessness and the meaning of citizenship in a border community, hosted by the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute and St. Vincent de Paul Village/Father Joe’s Villages.

There are nearly 9,000 homeless people in the City of San Diego, 2,500 of whom do not have access to shelter. The homeless population is even larger and conditions are worse in Tijuana, where individuals and families deported from the United States have filled shelters beyond capacity, and created semi-permanent encampments in several part of the city. We know that a variety of factors push people into homelessness – poverty, violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. And we know immigration status can exacerbate all of these factors, particularly in a border town like San Diego.

In the face of this kind of need, what does it mean to be a “good neighbor?” How can we expand our understanding of citizenship to include kinds of community membership and belonging that transcend formal legal categories and national borders? How can you get involved as a student, a teacher, or simply as a good neighbor?

Wednesday, September 3
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Theater
University of San Diego

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator, Mark Sauer, KPBS News
  • Ruth Bruland, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village
  • Lt. Debra Farrar, San Diego Police Department, HOT Team
  • Everard Meade, Director, Trans-Border Institute, USD
  • Michael Lovette-Colyer, Assistant Vice President and Director, University Ministry, USD

The event is free and open to the public and the media.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.