The Moral Courage Project: Housing, Homelessness and the Work of Daybreak

The Moral Courage Project: Housing, Homelessness and the Work of Daybreak



Sarah Behnke, Veronica Eve Bernacki, Liliana Melissa Busic, Eryk D. Charlton, Josie K. Forsthoff, Sofia E. Garcia, Havana M. Glover, Grace Marie Hungerford, Jayonna Laniece Johnson, Amariá Chryslyn Camille Jones, Anna Elizabeth Luepke, Reagan Stark Miller, Ahmi' Breon Piilani Moore, Ifeanyichukwu Raymond Nwanoro, Meredith N. Robinson, Olivia Ann Shirk


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Kennedy Union 222

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: POL 431



This course (HRS 375) is designed to prepare students to participate for the Moral Courage Project. The project aims to tell the stories of “upstanders” (those who refuse to be bystanders), and identify and celebrate individuals who take risks to make important contributions in their communities during moments of crisis. This diverse and dynamic group of students will be traveling to Oakland, CA this summer to conduct fieldwork on the complex issue of housing. In preparation for this work, these students have partnered with a tremendous local partner: Daybreak. Today, Daybreak operates the Miami Valley’s only 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency youth shelter and has grown to include outreach, prevention, transitional housing, life-skills education, and other follow-up services for homeless, runaway, and vulnerable youth. Through interviews and multimedia production, students will present a storytelling project on Daybreak, including the courageous work of those addressing youth homelessness in Dayton and the complexity of homelessness and housing as a fundamental and urgent human rights issues facing our country.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Natalie F. Hudson, Joel Richard Pruce

Primary Advisor's Department

Political Science


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Reduced Inequalities

The Moral Courage Project: Housing, Homelessness and the Work of Daybreak