Regis University to Host Conversation About Homelessness

The November discussion will include panel members from the University and local non-profits.

Regis University will host a panel discussion about homelessness. The event titled Regis Conversations: An informed dialogue around the complexities of homelessness addresses the intricate issues surrounding homelessness. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Claver Hall in the Mountain View Room.

The panel will include Josh Geppelt, vice president of programs for the Denver Rescue Mission, John Thexton, director of community life at Denver Rescue Mission, Meghan Shay, executive director of STEP Denver and Dr. Robert L. Davis, founder and executive director of Seasoned With Grace UnBoxed. The conversations will be moderated by Amin Asfari, an associate professor and program chair for the undergraduate and graduate criminology programs at Regis University.

Asfari emphasizes the importance of ongoing discussions, particularly given the current initiatives taking place by the city of Denver to discover more robust solutions to its challenges. 

“Homelessness is a multifaceted problem with various complexities, including economic, social, systemic, and individual factors. These complexities make it a pressing and relevant topic of discussion, especially in times of economic downturns and public health crises,” Asfari said.

Denver grapples with an ongoing challenge of homelessness, as Asfari highlights the escalating cost of living contributing to a growing population of individuals without homes. Asfari envisions this as an opportunity to raise awareness and educate the broader public.

“In these conversations, we’re seeking to raise awareness about homelessness, generating solutions to reduce it, and fostering community engagement to support homeless individuals," he said. "Homelessness affects not only individuals but also the Regis community and the broader society, impacting social dynamics, economics, and our moral responsibility as a community.”

The panel will explore potential solutions, covering strategies to address challenges, establish initiatives for affordable housing, enhance support services, and advocate for policy changes aimed at tackling the underlying causes of homelessness.

The event will also include an opportunity to bring a non-perishable item which will benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. You can learn more here.


About Regis University

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, has two campus locations in the Denver metro area and extensive online program offerings with more than 6,000 enrolled students. It is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. For more information, visit