Habitat for Humanity, WSU build future together

 

Further extending its community outreach, 鶹ƽ State partnered with  to build a house near campus for a 鶹ƽ family with three children.

The first step was a wall raising Dec. 1 at . WSU President Rick Muma and First Gentleman Rick Case were in attendance and helped with the wall raising. 

“We saw this as a tangible example of WSU’s commitment to the neighborhood and as a way to demonstrate that it’s more than just words,” said Dr. Teri Hall, vice president for 鶹ƽ State’s Student Affairs.

Though the idea began in Student Affairs, Hall says the build is a WSU project, and the construction of the house will involve multiple WSU organizations including the following: the WSU Office of Administration and Finance, the WSU Foundation, the WSU Shocker Neighborhood Scholars, the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, WSU Graduate Operations, the Office of Diversity, and Inclusion the Cohen Honors College, the WSU Community Service Board and the WSU Engineers without Borders.

“We saw this as a tangible example of WSU’s commitment to the neighborhood and as a way to demonstrate that it’s more than just words,” said Dr. Teri Hall, vice president for 鶹ƽ State’s Student Affairs.

Johnson said she is looking forward to their future partnership with WSU and what it means for future projects to benefit other families.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for community collaboration and team building,” Johnson said. “The mission at 鶹ƽ Habitat for Humanity is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Like Hall, Johnson says the partnership allows 鶹ƽ State to further strengthen its role in the 鶹ƽ community, as well as its role as an urban serving research institution.

“鶹ƽ State University’s strategic plan includes advancing ‘industry and community partnerships to provide quality educational opportunities and collaboration to satisfy rapidly evolving community workforce needs,” Johnson said. “The WSU Build is a wonderful partnership that will achieve both missions as volunteers will serve alongside the family as they build their safe, affordable home near the WSU campus.”

After this initial build, Hall says WSU plans to continue its work with 鶹ƽ Habitat for Humanity, and there are already projects lined up for January and February 2022.

“I see long a long-term partnership between WSU and Habitat for Humanity that goes beyond just this build, and I see it growing to where we will have student-led organizations that work with Habitat for Humanity like other college campuses.”


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