The third annual conference will take place 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in the Western Campus Health Careers and
Sciences building. The event is hosted by the College’s
Institute for Poverty and Urban Education.
The conference will feature presentations and workshops led by
researchers and organizers of community and educational programs
working to address the poverty issue.
“It’s difficult for a student to succeed academically if they’re
worried about basic needs, such as food and housing,” said
Tri-C’s Julia Krevans, an associate psychology professor
who serves as director of the institute. “We hope to raise
awareness and identify practices that ensure all students
achieve their ambitions.”
The keynote speaker at the conference will be Cia Verschelden,
author of Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim
Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social
Her book — published in 2017 — examines how to create
environments that help students overcome the societal obstacles
that can stand between them and graduation.
The conference also features a kickoff speaker, Nireata Seals
of LaGuardia Community College in New York — an
institution that has become a national leader in lifting
students from poverty into jobs where they earn good wages.
Cost of the conference is $30. To register, visit
www.tri-c.edu/povertyconference19. Western Campus is located
at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.
Students can attend for free by emailing Krevans at
Tri-C launched the Institute for Poverty and Urban Education
in 2017. The research center is dedicated to resolving economic
inequities that create obstacles for students working toward
careers and financial stability.