Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop

Teaching Poverty 101 is a workshop that offers strategies and resources for instructors developing college-level courses and lessons on poverty and inequality. The workshop brings together college faculty and instructors from across the United States to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for several days of intensive, collaborative work during which they with share their own teaching expertise and develop a model course syllabus. It is open to all college faculty and instructors in any postsecondary institution—university, college, or community college.

The program covers a full range of topics including the concept and definition of poverty and its measurement. It explores the causes of poverty, including labor market failures, family structure challenges, education system deficiencies, race/gender and culture issues, and more. The program also examines the role of public policy in reducing poverty as well as the history of policy initiatives to minimize economic want. The perspective is multidisciplinary, and include presentations by distinguished scholars from, for example, the disciplines of sociology, economics, health, education, and social work.

The first Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop was convened in 2013. To learn more about the program, please see the participant-developed syllabi and the workshop presentations.

IRP is currently accepting applications for the next workshop, which will be held on the University of Wisconsin–Madison camps from May 26 through May 29, 2015. Please see the Call for Applications for more information.

Funding for this workshop was made possible in part by grant number AE000102 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), which was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The views expressed in written event materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.