The Poverty of Poverty Intervention: Doing More With Less

This half-day workshop is intended to establish dialogue and build connections that will help us all to "work smarter, not harder" in this time of limited resources. Many individuals and organizations in the community are working towards addressing issues of poverty and its related negative consequences, and the University of South Florida would like to help facilitate a conversation about how we can all help each other.

USF has experienced experts in the Colleges of Education, Engineering, Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, and dozens of other academic departments and small institutes and centers that do research about the cause, prevention, and alleviation of poverty. The USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships and the USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement are dedicated to providing services and expertise to community groups, organizations, and agencies and would like to bring these resources to front line practitioners.

Last fall, a multi-disciplinary group formed at USF to build community partnerships and provide technical assistance that seeks to address issues surrounding poverty in our community. The only way for the university to move forward with this work is first to seek the advice of providers and activists who are already doing so much work in this area. How can USF help trim costs of consulting and offer research, advice, and ongoing support in your efforts to fight poverty and help children and families?

Let us take this opportunity to educate each other and seek better and more economical solutions to some of the problems faced by our community.


8:30 am — Registration / Coffee and bagels

8:45 am — Introduction to Community Engagement Resources at USF

Elizabeth Strom (Director, USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships)

9:00 am — Poverty and Inequality Overview

Susan Greenbaum (Professor Emerita, USF Anthropology)

9:10 am — Three Exemplary University–Community Partnerships

Evangeline Best (Community Advisory Board Member for “Toward Eliminating Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Populations”)

Beverly Ward (BGW Associates) and Robin Ersing (USF School of Public Affairs)

Danielle Dennis (USF/Patel Partnership Elementary School)

9:40 am — Questions for Presenters

9:55 am — Small Group Breakout Discussions (organized by impact area)

Goal: To build from a critical understanding of structural constraints and limitations; to conceptualize possible partnerships with USF.

10:45 am — Small Group Breakout Discussions Report Back

Goal: To share insights achieved through small group discussion.

11:30 am — What Do We Do Next?: Takeaways and Next Steps

Goal: To determine how we (the community and university) can work better together to do something about poverty and inequality in our region. 

12:00pm — Adjourn

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