Sixth Annual “Taking the Pulse on Poverty” Symposium Set for March 28

Monday, March 20, 2017

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s annual “Taking the Pulse on Poverty” symposium will take place on Tuesday, March 28 and focus on the missing connections between poverty and higher education. Harlan Beckley, professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University and executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, will give the keynote address.

“I studied poverty when I got my Ph.D., and it was because of Harlan Beckley’s consortium,” said Jill Waity, assistant professor of sociology at UNCW. “The title of this year’s symposium, ‘Poverty and Higher Education – What’s Missing?’ is all about getting students involved in the community like the consortium got me involved. We want to attract people who work in local high schools and in the more rural counties, people who work closely with this topic in the education community.”

Along with Beckley and others, panelists will include:

  • Marrio Jeter, Program Director of Communities in Schools of Cape Fear
  • Susan Catapano, Director of the International Studies Program in the Watson College of Education and former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership
  • Rich Franceschini ’14M, art teacher at Sunset Elementary School

UNCW’s Strategic Plan emphasizes engagement with the community through academic activities and service opportunities. The “Taking the Pulse on Poverty” symposium is a successful example of how the university encourages students to become active citizens in their communities.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Lori Messinger, UNCW associate vice chancellor for community engagement. The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the Watson College of Education, the Office of Community Engagement, the Department of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the School of Social Work. The conference will be held from 7-9 p.m. in McNeill Hall, room 1005, and is free and open to the public.

-- Caitlin Taylor ’18M