October 24, 2018
Prof. Braithwaite runs Poverty Simulation
On Saturday, October 20, Professor Jeanine Braithwaite ran the Poverty Simulation for 72 UVA students.
The Poverty Simulation simulation challenges participants to manage a life lived below the poverty line. Participants take on roles such as members of impoverished families, community workers, and resource managers. They must figure out how to provide food and clothing for a family, make utility and loan payments on time, and help children through school, all while responding to unexpected events.
By sensitizing participants to the realities of life faced by people with low incomes, this simulation aims to spur action and community engagement to mitigate poverty both in the U.S. and abroad.
This isn’t the first time Prof. Braithwaite has run the Poverty Simulation. Last she, she also used it as part of her International Development Policy class (PPOL 3250) in the fall of 2017.
Many thanks to Prof. Braithwaite for running this simulation!