Poverty Simulation Title


Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tennessee Room, University Center


The Community Action Poverty Simulation is an interactive immersion experience which sensitizes participants to the realities of poverty. The simulation promotes poverty awareness through role-play by living a simulated month in poverty or with low income. Debriefing post-simulation will increase understanding and inspire local change in perspectives and bias towards poverty.

Be a part of this simulation:

  1. Participate as a simulated family member. 

  2. Volunteer as a community resource partner.


This simulation is approached from an interprofessional perspective and will be offered each fall semester. Our goal is to have as many students, faculty, and staff as possible participate. We also have an ongoing need for volunteers. The participant and volunteer roles are two perspectives offered through the simulation, so attending the simulation and playing different roles is encouraged.

Simulation Objectives:

  1. Participants will develop self-awareness around thoughts and attitudes toward people in poverty.
  2. Participants will identify social and cultural differences between self and people in poverty.
  3. Participants will identify practice implications for working with individuals and families in poverty.


Poverty Simulation Coordinators 

Mary Jo Blanton,  MSN, FNP-BC


April Wilson
Clinical Instructor & Interim Director of Field Education, Social Work, LMSW