Signups open, volunteers needed for poverty simulation project

By Kelly Cole

The ENRICH Center will support a series of poverty simulations for Louisiana Tech University students during this Winter Quarter.

These simulations are being organized by Dr. Simone Camel, Dr. Julie Rutledge, and the ENRICH Center team and will be facilitated by Pam Jacobsen from East Texas Human Needs Network.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation is a tool that helps participants rethink the challenges that low-income individuals must face every day. The tool also helps people identify areas of change that can directly impact the effects of poverty on individuals, families, and communities.

These simulations are designed to break down stereotypes by allowing participants to engage in real-life situations. Poverty is often portrayed as a stand-alone issue, but this simulation allows individuals to walk a month in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty.

The simulations are designed to be interdisciplinary and are limited to 80 individuals per simulation. Before Dec. 15, College of Applied and Natural Science students have a specific number of spots reserved at each simulation for each unit. Starting Dec. 16, all remaining spots will be open to any student regardless of major or college to ensure the maximum capacity is reached at each simulation.

The simulations will take place on from 2-5 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13 and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the TONK

Student participants can sign up online.  Faculty, staff, and student volunteers should sign up online at this link.

For more information, contact the ENRICH Team at enrich@latech.edu.


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