Aquinas College to Provide Hotel for Student during Break - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Aquinas College to Provide Hotel for Student during Break


by Associated Press

Aquinas College plans to provide a hotel room for a student who wouldn’t have had a place to stay when its campus closes for the holiday break.

The Catholic liberal arts school also said it wants to further discuss the issue of homelessness among college students and put policies in place so students without anywhere to go have future options, The Grand Rapids Press reported.

“I think our awareness of the needs of homeless students has been increased,” said Aquinas Provost Chad Gunnoe. I believe we can work “with community members and local and national organizations to try to come up with a sustainable solution for the future.”

The Grand Rapids school’s response comes after Aquinas senior Jessie McCormick created a petition on the website asking school administrators to provide on-campus housing during holiday break for students without a permanent residence.

McCormick, who lives in student housing, became homeless as a teenager and was homeless as she finished high school and started at Aquinas. She has no home aside from her student housing.

“I look forward to working with the college to secure safe and stable housing for those who are in need over Christmas break,” McCormick said.

The 21-year-old said she knows of nine other students who need housing, and the school said it will offer them assistance if they step forward.

“Each person will come with a different set of needs and desires,” said Meg Derrer, Aquinas’ associate vice president of marketing and communications. “We’ll work with each one of them individually to find the most appropriate housing for them.”

  Diverse on the Go

Aquinas plans to begin exploring what long-term solutions are available for housing homeless students on campus during future holiday breaks, such as keeping one dorm or campus apartment open. Student housing is available during fall and spring breaks.

Pennsylvania Education Leader Going Extra Mile for Diversity  Long bike rides are an annual tradition for Dr. John Sygielski, who spent several weeks biking from New Orleans to Nashville this summer, traveling along the Natchez Trace Parkway and passing through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Along the w...
Missing Freshman College Student Found Dead Near Campus WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New Jersey authorities say a community college student who has been missing for more than a month has been found dead near the college’s campus. State officials say 18-year-old Nick Pratico was last seen on Mercer Cou...
Ky. Community College in Position to Help Veterans Make Career Transition Kristy Riddell is one semester shy of finishing her associate degree program in business with an accounting track. A single mother of three living in Paducah, Kentucky, Riddell has had her hands full with school and family obligations. “It’s a lot...
Muñoz Pours His Heart Into Service Dr. Mike Muñoz has worked all across higher education. In addition to being the current executive dean of counseling and student equity at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, he teaches part-time at the University of Southern California. For M...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *