The Community Action Poverty Simulation is an experiential learning activity where participants can build their awareness and understanding of the complex and interconnected issues related to poverty. The simulation provides an opportunity for learning about the real-life challenges individuals face and ways to address the impact of poverty on our communities. During the simulation, the facilitator provides an introduction and then leads participants through a month in poverty where each week is a 15 minute interval. Throughout the month, participants are grouped into families and together, they have the task to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities by accessing various community resources. The simulation is followed by a guided debriefing and dialogue on observations and insights from the activity as well as resources which are available for further learning.
This event is hosted by Teaching Scholars Patricia Danyluk and Yvonne Poitras Pratt, and facilitated by Solange Lalonde, MA, as part of their campus-wide initiative “Building stronger connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities through praxis-based learning opportunities.” Participants are invited to take part in a brief research study as part of this learning event.
This workshop is part of the University of Calgary Diversity Days.