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Cheyney University's S.O.A.P. Holds Annual End Poverty Day

April 28, 2014

Students concerned about poverty in the U.S. share what they've learned with their peers who stopped by to check out the informative displays on

Students concerned about poverty in the U.S. share what they've learned with their peers who stopped by to check out the informative displays on "End Poverty Day"

Members of Students Organized Against Poverty (S.O.A.P.) recently held their annual “End Poverty Day” in Duckrey Social Sciences lobby.  Students in Dr. Lynn Green’s Sociology of Poverty class worked with them to spread the word, to inform and to increase awareness to the problem.

More than 50 students took advantage of this opportunity to learn about the current state of poverty in the United States and the structural causes of economic inequality by reviewing the poster, video, and slide presentations created by students discussing political, economic, social, and cultural structures that create obstacles to upward mobility for the poor. Attendees took home orange wristbands to underscore the “orange alert” of the conditions of poverty that currently exist in our nation.

The informative presentations were part of the students’ final projects for their coursework in RSO 315. In addition, S.O.A.P holds events throughout the academic year to educate and inform the Cheyney community on the status of the poor and the structural factors and social policies that impact poverty rates and access to services for low-income individuals in the U.S.  

Students interested in becoming a member of S.O.A.P. and joining the advocacy effort to inform others on the truth about poverty should contact S.O.A.P. faculty advisor,  Dr. Green, at lynngreen@cheyney.edu.