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AutoZone Center for Community Engagement Hosts Poverty Simulation Event for MLK Week

MEMPHIS — The AutoZone Center for Community Engagement at Christian Brothers University (CBU) will host an event titled Poverty Simulation at CBU: Honoring MLK's Legacy in Social and Economic Justice in anticipation of MLK Day on Saturday, January 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sabbatini Lounge in the Thomas Center on CBU's campus. As the kick-off to a week of CBU celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights work, the poverty simulation is an exercise aimed at bringing awareness to the systemic causes of economic inequality and to the hardships of those facing financial insecurity. 

The program includes an orientation, the simulation, and a panel discussion. Participants in the simulation will be assigned a role of an adult or adolescent living in poverty and must choose how to spend their limited amount of money with their family in recreated community of services and businesses. The simulation, led by Cheryl Scott (assistant professor in CBU's Physician Assistant Program), is meant to demonstrate to students the many obstacles the working poor face and the systems that keep individuals in poverty. The subsequent panel discussion will help students further process and contextualize the experience.

 The simulation is open and FREE to the CBU community. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. To participate in this valuable learning opportunity, RSVP via this form.

Crucial to the AutoZone Center’s community engagement initiatives are opportunities for the campus community to learn about, collectively discuss, and then actively respond to critical social issues in Memphis, the Mid-South, and beyond. The poverty simulation is one such activity that critically engages the campus in recognizing the complexity and deep investment required of CBU's community-engaged programming, including Community-Engaged Learning and CBU’s September of Service.

For more information on this simulation event, contact Dr. Leslie McAbee at (901) 321-3537 or

Posted by Cory Dugan at 10:19 AM