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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. For the 2020-21 season, all events will be hosted virtually.

Featured Series

Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions Speaker Series. Oct. 7 through Nov. 18 at noon. School of Social Work, ECC 1840. Hosted by the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions

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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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. Events will be held on April 1, May 6, and June 10, 2022.

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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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Upcoming Events

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Off Campus Location

    LHS Collaboratory

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  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Duderstadt Center

    Public Resource & Awareness Fair of Mass Incarceration

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  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Chrysler Center

    Where Do We Go From Here? People of Action Coalition Town Hall Meeting

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  • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Off Campus Location

    It's an Emergency! What are we doing about it? Environmental Justice & Emergency Response in Detroit

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  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Michigan Union

    Race, Politics, and the Modern Metropolis: A Conversation with Thomas J. Sugrue

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