Street Roots Available on Campus
April 17, 2019
In March, as part of the 2018-19 Environmental Affairs Symposium, which has the overarching theme of Environment Across Boundaries (ENVX), LC students and faculty went to downtown Portland to engage with the houseless community and stakeholders that work with that community. This activity was one of several events that took place during the year-long ENVX symposium, which focused on “Engaging Across Difference” this year.
During this engagement, participants met with Devon Pouncy, the vending program manager at Street Roots. While meeting with Devon, participants learned that Street Roots provides unhoused individuals with an earning opportunity: you may have seen houseless vendors on street corners selling the periodical for $1. Many of the articles are written by members of the houseless community and center on homelessness, poverty, and social justice. After reading the paper, learning about its mission, and touring their office, students who participated in the field trip felt compelled to make Street Roots available for distribution on campus. Street Roots’ presence on campus can connect students with issues of houselessness and poverty in the Portland area and encourage future engagement of LC students with social change in Portland.
Making Street Roots readily available to LC students took student initiative. Within weeks of the field trip, ENVS major Shoshana Rybeck (’20), applied for funding from the Student Activities board (ASLC) and has worked with Street Roots to organize the pickup of their weekly issues. Copies can be found on the newspaper rack in the lobby of the Watzek library.