Last week Texas A&M University–Central Texas (TAMUCT) kicked off their Provost Lecture Series to raise awareness and educate the community on the issue of youth homelessness as part of the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative. The goal if the initiative is to help students think about and take action to confront the complex causes of economic inequality in the United States by helping them become engaged and informed citizens.
The Provost Lecture Series started with a presentation from Allen Redmon, associate professor of English and department chairman of humanities, called “Hollywood’s Invisible Class.” Redmon talked about the relative blindness on youth homelessness in Hollywood films and some reasons such as using it as a plot piece rather than a serious issue that has to be overcome.
“Students need to be more engaged in their democracy — if they don’t know what the problems are, how can they be engaged?” said campus director of the American Democracy Project and associate professor of sociology Michelle Dietert. “Youth homelessness affects many students in Central Texas.”
ADP hopes to produce graduates who are committed to being knowledgeable, involved citizens in their community, which is what this new lecture series is helping to do at TAMUCT.