Students to Report on Tucson Poverty

May 7, 2018

UA Poverty Workshop to Host Community Forum

  • What: Poverty in Tucson Community Forum
  • When: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10
  • Where: Habitat for Humanity Tucson, 3501 N. Mountain Ave.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona School of Sociology will host the fourth annual Poverty in Tucson Community Forum, where students in the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop will present the results of their semester-long efforts to collect data from low-income households across Tucson.

"Tucson has a high and unfortunately persistent problem with poverty, with about 25 percent of our city population living below the poverty threshold," said Brian Mayer, associate professor in the UA School of Sociology. Mayer is also a fellow in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. 

The workshop was developed to help local governments and nonprofit organizations better understand the causes and consequences of poverty by interviewing low-income households. 

This year's class focused on neighborhood life and satisfaction, as well as health and quality of life. 

The Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop is a partnership between the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity Tucson, the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

The workshop also demonstrates the UA's commitment to the goal of 100% Student Engagement. 

The community forum is free and open to the public. 

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Media Contact:
Brian Mayer
UA School of Sociology
520-626-2190
brianmayer@email.arizona.edu
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