Students to Learn About Poverty Through 'Tyranny of the Moment'

Wednesday, September 29 2010

Written by Bill Loftus

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho students will learn about issues that afflict those in poverty through a two-day campus exercise Oct. 1–2.
Bridges Out of Poverty, a student-focused discussion of poverty programs, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, in the Idaho Commons Clearwater-Whitewater rooms. The discussion will be open to all students.
A three-hour poverty simulation involving an estimated 75 students and faculty will begin Saturday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with a discussion about students' and faculty members’ experiences.
The simulation, which will focus on family and consumer sciences students, will present typical choices facing those in poverty: whether to buy food or clothing, milk for the children or gas for the car to go to work, child care or health care.
The exercise is sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences School of Family and Consumer Sciences through the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Series.
The Center for Community Building to End Poverty, a north central Idaho based organization, and Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, will coordinate the event and student service learning associated with it.
Friday's panelists will include Mary Schmidt of Grangeville and Kathee Tifft, a University of Idaho Extension family and consumer sciences educator for Nez Perce County at Lewiston. Both are members of the Center for Community Building to End Poverty.
Lisa Horan, director of the Center for Community Building to End Poverty, and Community Action Partnership staff members David Bash, Karen Kessler, Mickey Emmert, Maria Lacey, and Jennifer Womack will coordinate Saturday's activities.
Phi Upsilon Omicron honorary society students have helped with this simulation several times and some two dozen will lead the poverty simulation as part of a service learning project. Phi-Upsilon Omicron will again be represented in providing the simulation, along with a dozen WSU students from the Center for Civic Engagement.