Colorado Springs, Colo. – Feb. 26, 2014 – PPCC students will attend class without shoes, visit homeless shelters and food banks and create models for affordable housing as part of the PPCC Poverty Project, a college-wide initiative to highlight poverty locally and across the world.  The semester-long event includes classroom curriculum, college-wide dialogue and various student and community events.The Poverty Project is the brainchild of a small group of PPCC faculty from different disciplines. This group chose “Poverty in Culture” as the focus of their annual Multicultural Awareness Conference, March 12 – 14, 2014. But what started as a week-long conference grew into a semester long project involving faculty, staff and students.

“We all benefit through a raised awareness and understanding of poverty. I believe a community like ours, when we join forces, is stronger.  I hope that this project will encourage students to learn, think, talk, and act on the issue of poverty to help themselves and others,” said Robin Schofield, PPCC Professor, English Department.

Some of the highlighted activities this semester are:

  • PPCC journalism students visiting homeless shelters and food banks to talk with people who are experiencing poverty.
  • PPCC students going shoeless for  “One Day without Shoes” on April 29, to raise awareness and money to supply shoes to children in need.

The Poverty Blog (blogs.ppcc.edu/poverty), manned by Schofield serves as the center point for dialogue and resources for faculty, students and the community. For a full list of conference events visit the blog.

Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.


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