The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s annual “Taking the Pulse on Poverty” symposium will take place on Tuesday, March 28 and focus on the missing connections between poverty and higher education. Harlan Beckley, professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University and executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, will give the keynote address.
“I studied poverty when I got my Ph.D., and it was because of Harlan Beckley’s consortium,” said Jill Waity, assistant professor of sociology at UNCW. “The title of this year’s symposium, ‘Poverty and Higher Education – What’s Missing?’ is all about getting students involved in the community like the consortium got me involved. We want to attract people who work in local high schools and in the more rural counties, people who work closely with this topic in the education community.”
Along with Beckley and others, panelists will include:
- Marrio Jeter, Program Director of Communities in Schools of Cape Fear
- Susan Catapano, Director of the International Studies Program in the Watson College of Education and former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership
- Rich Franceschini ’14M, art teacher at Sunset Elementary School