Live online discussion to explore projects to prevent, alleviate poverty


President Mark Schlissel and national poverty expert H. Luke Shaefer will lead a live video conversation on U-M’s Facebook page about the newly created Poverty Solutions at 1:15 p.m. today.

In October, President Mark Schlissel introduced the new University of Michigan initiative to address one of humanity’s most critical and seemingly intractable problems: poverty.

Called Poverty Solutions, the effort will explore and test models to ease the effects of poverty and broadly share that knowledge, while working with community groups and supporting active-learning options for students.

Schlissel will be joined by Shaefer, associate professor of social work and public policy, and director of Poverty Solutions, along with other U-M faculty and community partners to discuss upcoming projects the new initiative will tackle.

The new projects, ranging from community health worker support to youth jobs, have the potential to impact communities throughout Michigan and the nation.


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