Save the Date: Poverty Simulation on Campus March 19

| January 30, 2013

The School of Education’s Department of Teacher Education is again hosting a poverty simulation experience on Tuesday, March 19, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., in the Sunnen Lounge.  All members of the Webster University community are invited and welcome to participate.

Poverty: A Pressing Issue

A total of 15.5 million children, or one in every five children in America, live in poverty. Almost half—6.9 million – of all poor children live in extreme poverty, defined as an annual income of less than half of the poverty level ($11,025 for a family of four).  Just over 1/3 (2.4 million) of the children living in extreme poverty were under the age of 5. (Source: The Children’s Defense Fund statistics.)

Poverty is one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time, and the Department of Teacher Education welcomes participants from across the University. If you want to better understand the pressures and experiences of those living in poverty, please plan to attend.

This annual simulation experience is particularly valuable for students, staff, and faculty in the areas of education, medicine, psychology, women’s studies, social services, business, or for anyone who is concerned about social justice or equity issues.

Presented by the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC), the simulation focuses on personally engaging participants with the unique issues, pressures, and struggles of living in poverty in America and with the challenges faced by families who live in either situational or generational poverty. The mission of CAASTLC, Inc. is to end poverty. The agency is committed to helping the families and communities of St. Louis County prevent the conditions of poverty for present and future generations.

Participation Details

The simulation places participants in the various roles and experiences common to people who struggle to find sufficient financial support. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to sign up to participate, either as players or as helpers to facilitate the simulation. The limit for participants is 60. First-come, first served. Please contact Diane Cooper at ext. 7515, or at, if you wish to reserve a space for yourself or your class or group.

You can also sign up on the bulletin board outside the Education Office on the second floor of Webster Hall. All participants need to commit to stay for the entire program if you do sign up. The deadline for signing up is March 5. University groups or entire classes are warmly welcomed, but we need to know you are coming and participating so we can plan accordingly, so please sign up as soon as possible.


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