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F651 Fall 2018 Understanding Poverty in America

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F651 Fall 2018 Understanding Poverty in America
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 2–Nov. 6
Six sessions
Church of the Good Shepherd
Coordinators: Camille Hodges, Peg O’Brien, Steven Quick, and Rita Way
  • Oct. 2: Overview of the description, demographics, and social implications of poverty in general and in the United States in particular. Atty. Dipti Pidikiti-Smith, director of advocacy at Legal Services of Northern Virginia and the recipient of the 2018 VSB Legal Aid Award
  • Oct. 9: Panel presentation comprised of four community groups discussing the impact of religious and non-profit organizations on the poverty-stricken community. Lisa Whetzel, executive director, Britepaths; Bahira Salim Parker, team leader, education and community development team, FACETS; Joan B. Wise, director, self-sufficiency services, Cornerstones; Pam Michelle, executive director, New Hope Housing Incorporated.  Moderator: Jennifer Disano
  • Oct. 16: How do those in poverty confront medical issues? What support is available for those in poverty with little or no health insurance? Marcela Jaimes Castro, health access manager, Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
  • Oct. 23: What are the legal ramifications of those in poverty? Discussions will include legal aid, predatory lending, and the effects of incarceration. Margot Squires, Fair Housing Coordinator, Fair Housing Program.
  • Oct. 30: Who advocates for the poor? During this session we will explore groups that support the poor nationwide. Rev. Terence Mayo, DC Coordinator, Poor People’s Campaign.  Poverty Simulation overview, John Ruthonski, Fairfax County CAAB, Department of Family Services
  • Nov. 6: Looking ahead and solving the issue of poverty in Fairfax County. A panel of guest presenters will discuss what works and what more needs to be done to further address the state of the poor. "One Fairfax," Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Virginia Board of Supervisors,  Lanita Thweat  Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB) member, and Joe Meyer, Executive Director of Shelter House, Moderator: Jennifer Disano

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/2/2018 - 11/6/2018 Weekly - Tue 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Burke, Church of the Good Shepherd  Map, Room: Parish Hall Jennifer Disano  ; Rita Way  ; Camille Hodges  ; Peg O'Brien  ; Stephen Quick  ; Marcela Castro  ; Lisa Whetzel  ; Bahira Salim Parker  ; Dipti Pidikiti-Smith  ; Pam Michell  ; Margaret Squires  ; Terrence Mayo  ; Sharon Bulova  ; Joe Meyer  ; Lanita Thweat 

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