Events and Programs
At these events, the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships brings together students, faculty, and community partners to discuss issues that are important and relevant to the university and larger community. In recent years, these programs have focused on topics relating to poverty and inequality as it is a topic of great concern to the university and the local and broader community. These events range in size and venue, and through them OCEP hopes to elevate the dialogue on the important issues of our time by bringing evidence based practices and community input together to work to alleviate the growing poverty and inequality both on and off-campus.
According to a new report on Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed ("ALICE") households in Florida, almost 50% of all Florida households do not earn enough to meet a "survival and stability budget." This figure includes households already living in poverty as well as those whose income is not sufficient to support their basic needs, such as housing, transportation, and childcare, which make up the bulk of their expenses. Read more >>
Dr. Paul Gorski, international expert on equity literacy, visited USF and the greater Tampa Bay area last month for a two-day community dialogue to address closing the opportunity gap for children and families living on low incomes. Read more >>
The OCEP is very pleased to report that almost 80 people from a variety of organizations and agencies participated in the poverty forum on the ALICE report last Friday. The event was organized by the League of Women's Voters of Hillsborough County and co-sponsored by Suncoast United Way, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, and the University of South Florida Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP). Read more >>
What are the challenges involved in poverty research and activism? How do we counter misinformation and misleading stereotypes about poverty? How can the university engage with the community in constructive dialogue about the causes, consequences, and best ways to alleviate poverty? Read more >>