Immigration and Homelessness


Dr. Sonia Barrios-Tinoco, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at Seattle University. She was born in Venezuela where she studied Literature at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and then earned her Spanish Literature master’s Degree at Washington State University and a Hispanic Languages and Literatures Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Her main area of study lies in marginalized and out of the law subjects, hence she has published essays such as “Reconceptualizing the ‘American Dream’ for Undocumented Immigrants: The Yearning for a Lost Sense of Family, Identity and Belonging”; “The Construction of Identity through Violence: Joaquín Murrieta’s Corrido,” “Maria Moura, a woman outlaw,” among others. She is also deeply invested in migration studies and for ten years has been teaching a course entitled “Buscando visa para un sueño”: Cultural products on (Ill)legal Immigration.

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Lauren Valk Lawson, D.N.P., R.N. is the Lead for the Community/Public Health Track of the Seattle University College of Nursing’s Graduate Program. Since 2008, Dr. Lawson and her nursing students have worked in partnership with Seattle Mennonite Church’s Community Ministry in their provision of services to people experiencing homelessness in Lake City. Dr.Lawson’s doctorate of nursing practice capstone focused on implementing a community-based participatory research project with the neighborhood to build capacity and design recuperative care services for those who were homeless. Recently, Dr. Lawson joined the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement in a collaborative effort to engage students from the College of Nursing in the Seattle University Youth Initiative and their community partners. Dr. Lawson lives in Seattle with her family. She is a member of the Bahá’í Faith, whose principles inform her life.

Centering Wisdom


Paying a little kindness forward can make us all feel better. Especially for people experiencing homelessness, a friendly gesture can brighten their day; contribute a sense of dignity; and help them fight the isolation, depression, and embarrassment they face every day.

Here are 10 ways you can practice a little kindness provided by the National Health Foundation.


Imagine you and your family were just told that you have 10 minutes to vacate your home. You can take only whatever you can fit into a backpack. What things would you take with you? What things would be hard to leave behind?

Why did you choose the items you took and left behind?

How did it feel to make your choices?

How will you do without the things you left behind?

Where will you get the things you need but no longer have?