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PPCC Faculty & Students Talk Poverty

Karen Kovaly, February 26, 2014

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Feb. 26, 2014 – PPCC students will attend class without shoes, visit homeless shelters and food banks and create models for affordable housing as part of the PPCC Poverty Project, a college-wide initiative to highlight poverty locally and across the world.  The semester-long event includes classroom curriculum, college-wide dialogue and various student and community events.

 The Poverty Project is the brainchild of a small group of PPCC faculty from different disciplines. This group chose “Poverty in Culture” as the focus of their annual Multicultural Awareness Conference, March 12 – 14, 2014. But what started as a week-long conference grew into a semester long project involving faculty, staff and students.

 “We all benefit through a raised awareness and understanding of poverty. I believe a community like ours, when we join forces, is stronger.  I hope that this project will encourage students to learn, think, talk, and act on the issue of poverty to help themselves and others,” said Robin Schofield, PPCC Professor, English Department.

 The Poverty Blog (blogs.ppcc.edu/poverty), manned by Schofield serves as the center point for dialogue and resources for faculty, students and the community.

 Some of the highlighted activities this semester are:

  • PPCC journalism students visiting homeless shelters and food banks to talk with people who are experiencing poverty.
  • PPCC students going shoeless for “One Day without Shoes” on April 29, to raise awareness and money to supply shoes to children in need.

 A listing of conference events follows:

March 12                                                                                                                                         

  • Panel Discussions
    • Those Living In or Formerly Living In Poverty
      10 - 11:30 a.m., Downtown Studio Campus Commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
      This open forum illuminates the daily realities of living in poverty.
    • How Community Organizations Address Poverty 
      2:30 - 4 p.m., Downtown Studio Campus, Downtown Commons
      This panel will discuss what poverty looks like in Colorado Springs and how to mitigate it.

March 13, 2014                                                                                                                              

  • Student Presentations
    8:30-11:15 a.m., Rampart Range Campus, W101/102, 11195 Highway 83
    These presentations give students their first opportunity to engage in academic dialogue and contribute to our educational community. Highlight:  PPCC Dental Assisting student, Sarah Cole, describes her service learning experience with Colorado Mission of Mercy to provide free dental care to those in need.
  • Poverty in Culture: Keynote Address - Bob Harris, “The International Bank of Bob”,
    Noon - 1:30 p.m., Rampart Range Campus, W101/102, 11195 Highway 83
    Harris, a purveyor of Kiva Loans, describes how micro-loans mitigate poverty by empowering the individual.
  • “What Are We Worth? Shakespeare, Money and Morals”
    2 - 3 p.m., Rampart Range Campus, Atrium, 11195 Highway 83
    This open-air theater and lively town hall discussion on economic justice will include Shakespeare readings by our own PPCC celebrities, including President Bolton.
  • Pay It Forward Fair
    2 - 4 p.m., Rampart Range Campus, Atrium, 11195 Highway 83
    Organizations from our community will provide information and service learning opportunities for our students.
  • Tiny House Project Display
     2- 4 p.m. Rampart Range Campus, Atrium, 11195 Highway 83
    PPCC Interior Design students will display their ideas for moveable, affordable housing. 
  • Hunger Free Colorado Display: Photography by women on food stamps
    2-4 p.m. Rampart Range Campus, Atrium, 11195 Highway 83

March 14, 2014                                                                                                                              

  • Student Presentations            
    8:30-11:50 a.m., Centennial Campus, Atrium, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
    These presentations give students their first opportunity to engage in academic dialogue and contribute to our educational community. Highlight: PPCC Culinary student, Alexis Purnell presents her plan on how to help low income families learn to buy and prepare healthy food on a strict budget, a dream she realized during her own economic struggles.
  • Pay It Forward Fair
    8 a.m. - noon, Centennial Campus, Atrium, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
    Organizations from our community will provide information and service learning opportunities for our students.
  • Keynote Address, Bart Givens, “Bridges Out of Poverty”     
    Noon - 1:30 p.m., Centennial Campus Theatre, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
  • “The Dead Philosophers Society: Does Morality Matter?”
    7 – 9 p.m., Centennial Campus Theatre, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
    An intellectual stew spiced with spoof and satire revealing the humanity and brilliance of the stars of the show:  Socrates—Hypatia of Alexandria, Egypt—Hildegard of Bingen—Erasmus of Rotterdam—Thomas Hobbes—John Locke—David Hume—Immanuel Kant—John Stuart Mill—Simon Weil—Ayn Rand.  This Reader’s theater play is authored and directed by William R. Durland, J.D., Ph.D., author of 9 books and 5 plays spanning philosophy, history, government, and religion and a U.S. Supreme Court trial lawyer. 

Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually. 

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Karen Kovaly

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