Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop

The Institute for Research on Poverty held its first Teaching Poverty 101 workshop in Madison, WI from June 2 to 6, 2013. The next Poverty 101 workshop will be held in the summer of 2015. Check back on this website in December 2014, when we anticipate releasing a call for applications.

IRP introduced the Teaching Poverty 101 workshop to share its expertise developed over nearly a half century as the nation's original poverty research center. The workshop aims to train and to provide course materials to college instructors developing poverty-related course content.

Teaching Poverty 101 is open to all college faculty and instructors in any postsecondary institution—university, college, or community college. The workshop covers key issues in poverty research and policy, and draws on the diverse training of IRP faculty affiliates to provide teaching materials appropriate to specific fields.

The program covers a full range of topics, including the concept of poverty and its measurement and study, the causes of poverty, including the labor market, family structure, education system, race/gender and culture, and the role of public policy in reducing poverty. The perspective is multidisciplinary, and includes presentations by distinguished scholars from sociology, economics, health, education, and social welfare.

Applicants need not have prior experience in poverty studies, but must be committed to including material from the workshop in future courses.

Funding for this workshop was made possible in part by grant number AE00102 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.