The Bemidji State University Department of Social Work and the College of Individual and Community Health (CICH) partnered with four local, regional and national support organizations to conduct a poverty simulation on Nov. 30.
Dr. Sue Rickers, associate professor and chair of BSU’s social work program, was instrumental in bringing the simulation to campus and worked closely with Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc., Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Bi-Cap of Bemidji. Denise Stewart and Dawn vanHees from Lakes & Pines Community Action Council Inc. and Leah Pauletti from Minnesota Community Action Partnership will facilitate the poverty simulation.
The purpose of the simulation was to provide a window into the lives of a typical low-income family. Participants assumed the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty and were tasked with meeting basic needs during the course of the simulation. “Families” in the simulation experienced homelessness, being grandparents raising grandchildren, receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or disability support. A panel presentation discussing poverty followed the simulation.
This simulation was funded in part by the Bemidji State CICH Collaborative Innovation Grant which encourages BSU faculty to propose innovative projects that will increase student interest, involvement and interaction with faculty and staff. The CICH is home to a number of degree programs at Bemidji State that are focused on the betterment of our local and global communities.
- Ashley Charwood, Northwest Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; (218) 407-5202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 30 – 1:00-3:30 p.m. – Poverty Simulation, a program to provide a window into the lives of a typical low-income family and a post-simulation panel presentation. Beaux Arts Ballroom, BSU campus. Admission: free.
- Poverty Simulation BSU calendar
- Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc.
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Bi-Cap of Bemidji
- Minnesota Community Action Partnership
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