BFA Thesis Project: Have You Seen Us?
Unlike many typical issues facing college students, housing insecurity and homelessness are issues that often go unnoticed within the college system. San José State University resides in Silicon Valley, where the median rent price is $3,400 and other costs of living have skyrocketed with the growth of the area. University costs on top of the cost of living has pushed many students into forgoing basic needs to stay enrolled, with an estimated 4,000 students facing some degree of housing insecurity. Many students have reported sleeping in their cars after facing unjust eviction or being turned away from on-campus housing, while others “couch surf” at friends’ places or sleep in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library overnight. A fear of judgment from their peers often keeps unhoused students from seeking help. In addition, not much help is provided by the university, which lacks adequate amounts of beds and funding for students in housing crisis situations.
With this thesis project I intended to bring visibility to the complex issues faced by homeless and housing insecure students at San José State University. In order to do this, I researched the complex issues that these student populations face, and sought out knowledge from professionals who work with homeless students. I translated this information into an experimental exhibition space in a prominent campus location, Tower Hall, that would feature three different narratives based on the true stories of homeless students in the CSU system. For a more detailed project synopsis, please visit my portfolio website.
- Project Roles
- 3D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Copywriting, Digital Photography, Exhibit Design, Experience Design
- Branding, Campaigns, Data Visualization, Installations