Homeless in Paradise

Symposium: From Innovation to Transformation

When: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Citizen's Alert


In keeping with their commitment to social justice, Fielding Graduate University is presenting special evening symposium titled “Homeless in Paradise” which will examine Santa Barbara’s approach to homelessness and low-income housing.

This is one of five free and open to the public Fielding Educational Series presentations. The Fielding Educational Series features select presentations that are timely and relevant to current social issues from the scholarly fields of human and organizational development, psychology, and educational leadership and change.

The symposium will feature Michael Wilson, PhD, who will discuss the ways in which his organization in Surrey, British Columbia—the Phoenix Society— created effective and enduring partnerships between private and public agencies, resulting in a supportive community for the homeless and others at the social margins.

Panelists include: Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider; Santa Barbara Third District Country Supervisor Doreen Farr; Transition House Executive Director Kathleen Baushke; and Santa Barbara Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director Rob Fredericks.

This panel of speakers will address issues related to homelessness, in a world marked by ever increasing inequality. By “homeless” we refer to all those who are living on the margins in the world today: people living on the streets and in shelters, undocumented immigrants, sweatshop workers, the elderly living in isolation. By “paradise” we hope to highlight the towering contrast between wealth and poverty in the world today: the small fraction who live in paradise, alongside the billions who are in homeless by comparison.

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Event posted Dec. 31, 2013
Last updated Dec. 31, 2013


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