Register: 2020 PHENND Conference: Housing – Feb 28

Posted by PHENND on December 10, 2019

The PHENND Conference is an annual gathering for practitioners of campus-community partnership. This year, the theme is Housing.

This gathering will be attended by 100-125 students, campus staff, faculty, and community organization staff active in community service, service-learning, and campus-community partnership work. While primarily targeting individuals who are part of the 25+ colleges and universities involved in the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), this event is also open nationally to practitioners of campus-community partnership.

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Sena, Founder and Executive Director of the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia will be the keynote speaker.  Operating since 2011, SREHUP is a non-profit homeless shelter, which teaches students about the causes of homelessness and the obstacles to overcoming it, and places students in positions of leadership in shelter operation. She also founded The Breaking Bread Village, an affordable housing community for people experiencing homelessness and their pets.  Stephanie teaches history in the Center for Peace and Justice at Villanova University. Her awards include the Villanova University Pohlhaus-Stracciolini Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovators Award for Social Impact in the area of housing and homelessness. She has presented her work at conferences and forums, and she gave her second TED Talk on May 15th, 2019. She has a forthcoming book on homeless prevention and eradication, and the role students and youth can play in that movement.


Over the course of one day, between 3 and 5 elective choices will be offered during each of three sessions. Workshop titles include:

  • Under One Roof: Strategic Partnerships to Integrate Housing Supports Within Local Youth Healthcare and Social Service Programs (Philadelphia FIGHT & Valley Youth House)
  • Making an Impact on Affordable Housing (Cabrini University)
  • Recommendations from the Homelessness Field: Visionary Session (West Chester University)
  • Writers House: Anti-Displacement and Creative Placemaking (Drexel University)
  • Breaking through Homelessness: Models of Social Change in Philadelphia (Swarthmore College)
  • Campus Project: Sleepout for Homeless Awareness (Rutgers-Camden/Joseph’s House of Camden)
  • Affordable Housing for Graduate Students (Drexel University)
  • New Integration Accommodations: An innovative campus and community education experience (Penn State Brandywine & Chester Housing Authority)
  • College Housing Assistance Program at Tacoma Community College (Hope Center for Community, Culture and Justice)
  • Moving the Needle: Driving Economic Growth through Local Hiring Initiatives of Anchor Institutions (Temple University & Philadelphia Housing Authority)
  • Building Thriving Communities through EAHP:  University Partnership Models for students and staff to learn, work, play and stay (Urban Affairs Coalition)

There will also be a plenary panel with Greg Heller, Senior Vice President of Community Investment, PHDC; Levana Layendecker, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and Chantelle Wilkinson, National Low-Income Housing Coalition.

Friday, February 28, 2020
Location: Penn State Brandywine, Media, PA

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