Students engage in poverty simulation

by Anna Haritos

The University’s Sociology Department hosted a simulation Tuesday night meant to show students how it feels to live below the poverty line.

The workshop, titled “Experiencing Poverty in America,” was facilitated by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, an Ann Arbor group that envisions a world free from violence and poverty.

ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski, who is also a member of the Ann Arbor City Council, said he aimed for participating students to gain deeper knowledge of and empathy for those living in poverty.

“Our main focus of the simulation is the empathy aspect to help people have not just an academic understanding of the barriers of poverty,” Warpehoski said.