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Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

Joan and Sanford Weill hall
Suite 5100
735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

News & Events


Poverty Solutions hosts a diverse array of timely, purposeful events that engage community, students, and policy leaders on issues related to economic mobility, equity, and poverty, including our signature fall speaker series. For the 2020-21 season, all events will be hosted virtually.

Featured Series

Speaker Series

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces the key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a virtual lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. The series explores interdisciplinary, real-world poverty solutions from a wide variety of perspectives and encourages the formation of a broad community of learners to engage in these issues together.


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The Poverty Narrative

This series of discussions explores the ways academics and journalists can promote more in-depth, impactful, and solutions-oriented coverage of poverty-related issues. The first series explored why it’s so important to get the poverty narrative right — from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. The second was dedicated to a deeper understanding of the connections between structural racism and poverty in the U.S.

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Engagement Series

The Poverty Solutions Engagement Series tackled poverty-related topics by bringing faculty, students, and communities together to explore ideas, strategies, and potential solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Our past events explored affordable housing, transportation, and workforce development. Explore the keynote speakers, panelists and experts here.

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Upcoming Events

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Off Campus Location

    Interpreting Structural Inequality Through a Complex Systems Framework: Emergence and Robustness

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  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Off Campus Location

    Josh Tetrick - Eat JUST, Social Entrepreneurship, Cell-Based Meat Sector, Start-Ups

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