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Poverty Education Center

Poverty Education Center

Welcome to the Poverty Education Center, hosted by Seattle University's Matteo Ricci College! The Center is a one-of-a-kind organization focused on improving education about an issue of universal human concern: poverty. 

The Poverty Education Center promotes the teaching of issues such as inequality, underdevelopment, and injustice at all levels of education and to a variety of audiences. It provides teachers and students with a deep, humanistic understanding of the economics, politics, history, culture, and ethics of poverty in the United States and around the world. Its programs help educators develop effective pedagogical strategies and resources for bringing the topics of poverty, deprivation, and social justice into their classrooms.

The Center works not just for schools and universities -- it also reaches out to publics beyond academia. It sponsors professional development, community connections, and real-world engagement with poverty and related topics.


Explore the seminars, workshops and other events that the PEC offers. See the Center's research, publications and other activities.


Lesson plans, syllabi, books, videos and other useful resources for teachers at the K-12 and university levels. Resources useful to students at all levels who are studying poverty. A list of other centers engaged in poverty research and education. Grants to support the study and teaching of poverty.

News and Events

What is the Poverty Education Center working on? What events is it organizing? Also regular updates of poverty education-related topics in the news media.

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