Deep Dive: Water & Homelessness

As part of a new "Rising Waters" initiative, this event showcases student research on the challenging intersection of environmental, social and economic factors that impact water quality. Over the last semester, students have worked with faculty mentors and community partners to study the nexus of homelessness and water quality issues. Come see three student teams present and answer questions about their mapping study, case study, and knowledge map, with the hope of finding new solutions that benefit people experiencing homelessness and ensure high water quality for everyone. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Water & Homelessness, May 8, 2021


SSU students presenting new research on a complex issue in Sonoma County, with the guidance of faculty advisors and community partners

University Faculty:

  • Megan Burke (SSU, Department of Philosophy)
  • Phil Gedalanga (CSU Fullerton, Department of Health Science)
  • Armand Gilinsky (SSU, School of Business & Economics)
  • David Sul (SSU, Department of Political Science)

Community Partners:

  • Sonoma Water
  • City of Rohnert Park
  • City of Santa Rosa
  • North Coast Water Quality Control Board
  • Russian River Watershed Association
  • West County Health Centers

Rising Waters is a new multi-year initiative between SSU and community leaders to study and identify potential solutions surrounding the nexus of water quality and homelessness in Sonoma County. The initiative engages local universities in collecting information needed to identify new solutions, and engages community leaders to implement solutions that reduce bacteria/pathogens and trash in waterways. It establishes as its measure of success engaging students and faculty in meaningful improvement in water-related sustainability and resilience challenges of the North Bay.


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Saturday, May, 8, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm