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Students and faculty participate in a simulation to experience poverty and its effects following the lecture “Place, Poverty, and Opportunity in America” presented by Prof. Scott Allard in October 2017.

Get engaged by volunteering for a community, campus, or student organization. Poverty Solutions has connections to a number of departments, centers, and initiatives on campus working to alleviate poverty. 

Washtenaw County has many volunteer opportunities for students interested in direct service, including:

There are several University of Michigan student organizations doing work related to alleviating poverty, including:

Note: If you have a suggestion for a student organization to add, send us an email at

Poverty Solutions partners closely with centers and initiatives across the university focused on poverty alleviation, innovation, and community engagement, such as: