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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.

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Speaker Series

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces the key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a 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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COVID-19 Reflections: A Series on Race, Health & Economic Justice

This virtual event series brings together a diverse group of changemakers, including national and local policymakers, journalists, researchers, and community leaders, to (1) meditate on the past and current racial dynamics of COVID-19 in Michigan and Detroit, and to (2) discuss the policies, programs, and practices that have successfully responded to the needs of communities of color disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

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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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