"Discovering homelessness: teaching, scholarship, and the real world"
Wright, R. Dean (Roy Dean)
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Subjecthomelessness--Iowa; homeless persons--Iowa; service learning; community service; volunteerism; Stalnaker Lecture Series; poverty--Iowa; Iowa Dept. of Education
Annual Stalnaker Lecture Series at Drake University, focuses on the outcome of that grant, as well as the experiences both Wright and his students shared in searching out those in the Des Moines community who lived in shelters, on the streets, or in inadequate housing. The integration of teaching, learning, research and community involvement is stressed.
Professor Wright joined the Drake faculty in 1971 and teaches courses in poverty, homelessness, criminology, delinquency and research methodology.He is past president and current treasurer of the Midwest Sociological Society, immediate past chair of the Board of the Greater Des Moines Salvation Army and past chair of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. He is a member of Attorney General Tom Miller's Task Force on Juvenile Justice and chaired Attorney General Campbell's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sentencing and Governor Terry Branstad's Task Force on the Homelessness. He is past chair of Compassion in Action for the Des Moines Area Religious Council and is currently a member of its foundation board of directors. In addition, he serves on numerous community, state, regional and national boards and commissions.Wright recently was inducted into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame and has received the Iowa Corrections Association Public Service Award, the Madelyn M. Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award and the Midwest Sociological Society Award for Distinguished Service.