The Ohio State University at Marion

Workshop hopes to provide glimpse into challenges of poverty

The Ohio State University at Marion Office of Student Life/Diversity & Inclusion, Marion Technical College Welcoming Committee, and Ohio State Marion Social Work Club have partnered to bring awareness to poverty in our community by offering a poverty simulation workshop, Friday, January 31, 2020, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium on the Marion campus.

Organizers hope to attract anyone that works directly with people, such as school employees, social service agencies, faith based organizations, juvenile and adult justice agencies, prison facilities and medical centers.

According to Ohio State Marion Social Work Program Coordinator, Teri Kinsway, participants will get a simulated experience of what people living in poverty go through on a day to day basis.

“Attendees will be organized in ‘families’ and will be given roles and tasks to perform in order to understand the impacts of poverty,” Kinsway explained.

“The goal is to help participant get a glimpse into the daily life struggles of someone living in poverty,” she added.

“A successful event is one in which the majority of participants leave with a new perspective and empathy towards people struggling with issues related to poverty,” said Kinsway.