Sleep Out on the Quad
The Community Service Center’s annual Sleep Out on the Quad promotes awareness of hunger and homelessness while urging participants to take action. This annual event allows students to experience one night in the life of a homeless person and to raise awareness for the homeless population. Students rely on using the bare minimal materials to sleep on the quad, to help understand the experience a homeless individual faces each day. UA students made blankets, listened to panelists, watched an educational movie, and walked barefoot around the quad for the TOMS Walk Without Shoes.
In 2012, over 400 UA students, faculty, and staff participated throughout the night. On a dark Quad, participants watched When I Came Home on a big screen, a movie that portrays veterans and some of the struggles they may have associated with homelessness. After the movie, people kicked off their shoes to walk a lap around the Quad barefoot in support of the TOMS Shoe movement. As the end of the night approached, brave participants rolled out their sleeping bags to spend the night under a starry sky. This event prompted students to think deeper about what some individuals experience day in and day out.