Hendrix grads get D.C. poverty lesson
A group from Hendrix College spent a week in Washington, D.C., shortly after graduation, learning about poverty in the nation’s capital.
The program was sponsored by the school’s Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling.
Students and faculty members served meals to some of the city’s homeless population, heard from anti-poverty activists and learned about the effect of Washington’s skyrocketing rents on those at the bottom of the economic ladder.
They also traveled to Capitol Hill, where they visited with their district’s congressman, U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock.
Robert Williamson, an associate professor of religious studies, said Washington isn’t unique when it comes to poverty and homelessness.
“The same things are happening in Little Rock, you know. But sometimes students have an easier time seeing things in a place that’s unfamiliar to them,” he said. “We hope they come home to Arkansas, and they’re more aware of the issues of hunger and homelessness and poverty that are here as well.”