The PEC was a co-organizer of Seattle University's first-ever poverty immersion workshop on November 19th. This was a simulation for 100 participants of what it's like to live a month in poverty. The experience is based on the widely-respected model established by the Missouri Community Action Group. The workshop is a powerful experiential learning activity, useful for any class connecting to poverty, inequality, or social justice issues more broadly.
During the 3 hour workshop, participants were able to role-play a month in the lives of low-income individuals and families, meet others in the SU community who care about the issue, and explore the impact of poverty on the community while discussing collaboration and action.
Ben Curtis and Serena Cosgrove were in Bosnia-Herzegovina for a week in October on a trip funded by an Endowed Mission Fund grant. They were doing research for their book on global poverty, and preparing to lead a group of students to study conflict resoluation and peacebuilding in Bosnia next year.
While in Sarajevo, they received an invitation from the German government for Seattle University to be the American delegation to an international youth peace conference to be held in the city in June 2014 as part of the centenary commemorations of the start of World War One.
On May 11th, the Poverty Education Center hosted "Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty: Perspectives from Seattle and Managua." The event brought together students, faculty, staff, and community members to hear from Seattle University and la Universidad Centroamericana about how they were engaging poverty in their communities.
Poverty Education Center