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Teaching Homelessness: Community College Faculty's Approaches to Housing Insecurity as a Curricular Topic

Total Credits: 0.1 CEUs

Vikki Terrile
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 27, 2023


Community college students in the U.S. experience housing insecurity at higher rates than students in four-year colleges. At the same time, homelessness is also a common topic in courses in sociology and other disciplines. This webinar introduces research exploring the pedagogic approaches community college faculty use to teach homelessness in settings where students may be struggling with housing and invites participants to build on these findings to imagine more inclusive, justice-oriented, and supportive pedagogy.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or be able to:

  • Identify at least three approaches to teaching homelessness that support students and validate their experiences.
  • Explain why using service-learning activities may be a problematic approach to teaching about homelessness.
  • Co-create an inclusive classroom activity that recognizes homelessness and housing insecurity are social justice issues and privileges students’ experiences and understandings.

Learners will have the option to earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate with CEUs upon completion of the webinar. To earn a certificate with CEUs, the learner must successfully pass the learning assessment with a score of 80% or higher. All learners must complete the webinar evaluation to earn credentials. 

The duration of this webinar is one hour, which is equal to 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Certificate, Digital Badge, and CEU

All webinar participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-webinar learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


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Assistant Professor/Librarian

Queensborough Community College

Vikki C. Terrile is an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College, the City University of New York (CUNY) where she serves as the public services and assessment librarian and co-coordinator of information literacy. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wells College, a master’s degree in library science from Long Island University, a master’s degree in urban affairs from Queens College (CUNY), and is currently a doctoral candidate in education at SUNY, the University at Buffalo. Vikki has been a librarian for twenty-five years, and her recent research projects include the information practices of Renaissance Faire performers and artisans, how shelters and other temporary housing providers receive library services, and how making and crafting is being explored in the Disney Star Wars universe. She is currently completing her dissertation on how youth services librarians understand "the library" and "the homeless" as symbolic objects and how these understandings impact library services to families in homeless situations.