Rethink Poverty: Poverty Simulation

Rethink Poverty: Poverty Simulation

Date: February 16, 2018 (10:00 AM) - February 16, 2018 (2:00 PM)

Rethink Poverty:  Poverty Simulation

Poverty is often portrayed as a stand alone issue - but this simulation allows individuals to walk a month in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and realize how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are. The Poverty Simulation breaks down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real life situations of others with a live-action simulation to role-play lives of low income families.

  • A single parent with limited resources and no transportation must find a way to get to work and get their child to daycare.
  • An elderly couple must raise their grandchildren and deal with their own health and employment issues.
  • A young adult must care for siblings while their parent is incarcerated. This activity helps people identify areas of change that can directly impact the effects of poverty on individuals, families and communities.

Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center

Registration is free. To register, go to

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Marshall University Office of Intercultural Affairs
Marshall University Department of Psychology