Hen­drix grads get D.C. poverty les­son

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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