Sleep Out Fundraiser Event- Sponsored by ECOS

ECOS will be hosting its second Sleep Out fundraiser and awareness event on Thursday, November 15th through Friday, November 16th!

The goal of Sleep Out is to increase awareness of the barriers and obstacles that those facing houselessness and housing insecurity encounter in our community. It is also a fundraiser to benefit local community organizations that work with people facing houselessness and housing insecurity. This is not a simulation of ‘houselessness,’ but rather an act of solidarity with members of our community struggling with these conditions. It is an opportunity for students and the SOU community to reflect on their own advantages and disadvantages, and it challenges participants to question stereotypes they may have about people facing houselessness.

During this experiential opportunity, participants are invited to sleep out for a night on SOU’s “Britt Lawn” by the spiraling stones in front of Britt Hall after a night of programming dedicated to exploring the stereotypes and real-life context of houseless individuals with professionals in the field, while having an opportunity to share our own experiences with adversity and perseverance. There will be a small free dinner (with donations accepted) while meeting with representatives from organizations helping houseless populations, and community-building exercises to facilitate and encourage connection and an exploration of our individual context of perseverance.

We will have all night access to the bathrooms in the Stevenson Union, however, students will not be allowed to sleep inside the building should the weather become unfavorable. For this reason, please come prepared for a cold evening. We will have large tarps and warm clothing available for anyone not well-equipped for the evening. We will not have sleeping bags or tents. However, the SOU Outdoor Program has graciously offered student participants in this event a 30% discount for any gear rentals you may need (such as a tent or sleeping bag) for the evening. Those items will need to be rented directly from their office, located inside the new Student Rec Center.

Event Schedule

Thursday, November 15th

5 PM - Registration & Introductions (in the SU Courtyard)

6:00 - 7 PM - Dinner with Community Works

Open to entire community, dinner guests may or may not “sleep out.”

$10 suggested donation; no one will be turned away!

7 - 8:20 PM - Authentic Relating Games 

8:30 - 9:50 PM - Privilege Walk & AR Games 

10 - 11 PM - Group discussion about research; Reflection

11 PM - Midnight - Music, Goodnight

Friday, November 16th

7 AM - Wake up, stretch, coffee

7:30 - 8 AM - Debrief

8 AM - Goodbye, Thank You, Clean Up

For more information and to sign up, visit tinyurl.com/2018sleepoutSOU, or contact us at ecos@sou.edu with your questions. We look forward to seeing you there!