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Monday, March 22, 2010

UWP hosts Poverty Simulation event

PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Psychology department is hosting a Poverty Simulation event. The event is designed to help participants understand what living in a low-income family might be like. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. The simulation will be held on the UWP campus in the Pioneer Student Center's University Room. The event is open to all who wish to participate.

According to Valerie Gill-Mast, a lecturer for the Psychology department, "The goal of the Poverty Simulation is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people." During the simulation 35-70 participants will take on the role of a low-income family. Around the room will be different "resources" for the families. Tables will be set up to represent community services such as a bank, church, employment office, food pantry and school.

There will volunteer recruited to staff the event and will assume the roles of police officer, utility collector, rent collector and an "illegal activities" person. The simulation will also include an introduction and briefing and a period at the end to discuss reactions and feelings about the experience.

For questions about the event, contact Gill-Mast at (608) 342-1723 or

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