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Navigating the Social Structures around Poverty

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February 22 @ 3:40 pm - 4:50 pm EST

Location: Burnett 203


In order for our community to end poverty, we must understand the struggles of those living in poverty. How did they get there? Why can’t they escape? In this workshop, we’ll explore the causes of poverty, compare/contrast generational and situational poverty, and examine case studies of real-life situations families in our community face. We’ll talk about how they survive and why they make the decisions they do. Participants will have the opportunity to weigh in on how one might manage with poverty wages. Led by Dr. Tiffani Gottschall and staff from Blueprints.


This session Navigating Social Structures around Poverty/Homelessness is offered as one of five concurrent breakout sessions.

Learn more about the other four sessions:
BHM Discussion Series: Open Dialogue with BSU
Supporting International Democracy: Fulbright & Peace Corps
The Red and Black: Journalism, Media Literacy & Democratic Citizenship
Promoting Democratic Accountability in Politics & Society

See the full Symposium on Democracy Agenda


February 22
3:40 pm - 4:50 pm
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Blueprints is a change agency that shapes futures by equipping and educating people to improve their lives. Independence is gained when we break barriers and build futures. Blueprints serves as the catalyst to mobilize the resources of the entire community to enable families and individuals in our service area to attain the skills, knowledge, motivations and opportunities to become self-sufficient. It changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.  


Dr. Tiffani Gottschall

Dr. Tiffani Gottschall (Economics) holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, and a B.A., Nazareth College of Rochester. She teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Economics of Gender, Economics of Poverty and Discrimination, and Labor Economics. Dr. Gottschall’s main areas of interest are labor, demographics and income inequality. In the local community, she serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Washington County, works with the Washington County Food Bank, and serves as the majority inspector for South…