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Pace University Professors Host Poverty Simulation

Students were divided into "families" and experienced the challenges of underprivileged populations.
Students were divided into "families" and experienced the challenges of underprivileged populations. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students moved through tables in 15-minute intervals.
Students moved through tables in 15-minute intervals. Photo Credit: Contributed
A student visits a table.
A student visits a table. Photo Credit: Contributed
Money and transportation passes were distributed.
Money and transportation passes were distributed. Photo Credit: Contributed
A "family" visits a table.
A "family" visits a table. Photo Credit: Contributed

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University professors in the Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions held a poverty simulation event recently at the Pleasantville campus of Pace University to help students understand what underprivileged communities experience.

During the simulation, 50 participants were divided into "families." The Willcox gym was lined with tables representing community resources and services such as a bank, employer, school, child care center and jail. The simulation lasted a “month,” and each “week” lasted 15 minutes, with a three-minute reprieve between each week.

Professors Angela Northrup and Elizabeth Berro, along with Martha Greenberg, organized the simulation to benefit freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students majoring in nursing, criminal justice, social work and psychology, increasing their understanding of the difficulties faced by underprivileged populations.

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