Poverty Simulation Coming to Campus

by Bethany Brock, Public Relations Writer

Epsilon Alpha Pi, the student social work organization at Cedarville University, has partnered with Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) to organize a poverty simulation event in the Cedarville University Center for Biblical and Theological Studies on Saturday, Feb. 16.

COPE, an organization that works with agencies nationwide to help the poor, organizes events that offer participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals living in local communities, and helps participants understand how it feels to be impoverished.

Participants are given a scenario in which they act out characters that were based on people and families within local communities who are living in poverty.  During the three-hour simulation, participants make decisions in order to survive, some of which they never thought they would make.

COPE replicates obstacles, decisions and consequences that impoverished individuals face daily to encourage awareness, which allows those who participate to know how to help impoverished individuals in the most beneficial way.

Two sessions are available, each allowing 120 participants. The first session is 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and the second session is 2–to 5 p.m. Participants can choose either session. A table will be in the lower level of the Stevens Student Center from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. a week before the simulation for session registration. 

The cost for the simulation is $3 per person. Additional donations are welcome and will go toward a college fund for children and teens.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.