The seventh annual Issues of Humanity: Focus on Poverty kicks off Sunday, Feb. 24, at UW-Stout.
The forum includes six public events over the next two weeks to shed light on social injustice.
From noon to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, a poverty simulation is scheduled in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. Participants will role-play to help them understand issues facing residents with limited resources. To register go here or email Mary McManus by Friday, Feb. 22.
Nonperishable food items will be collected for Stepping Stones food pantry of Dunn County.
From 4:20 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, after the poverty simulation, UW-Eau Claire history professor Selika Ducksworth-Lawton will discuss community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month. A reception will follow.
Other forum events are:
• The documentary “The Line,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Ballroom A, student center, followed by dialogue. The film looks at how people from varied backgrounds fall into poverty.
• Speak Out: Mental Health and Poverty Awareness, 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, Huff’s Lounge, student center, featuring an open discussion.
• Empty Bowls fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Menomonie Middle School, a meal with handcrafted bowls available for purchase. UW-Stout art students are helping make the bowls.
• Oxfam Hunger Banquet, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, Great Hall, student center. The banquet will highlight poverty, hunger and social injustice in more than 90 countries. Attendees will receive a random low-, middle- or high-income card. This will determine whether they sit on the floor, on a chair or at a table and which kind of meal they will receive. Just 10 percent of attendees will be high-income, representative of society as a whole. Students from the School of Hospitality Leadership are organizing the event, led by Assistant Professor Kristal Gerdes.
Except for Empty Bowls and Oxfam, all Issues of Humanity events are free and open to the public.
Also, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, the Stoutreach Service Council will meet. More than 30 student organizations provide community service. Groups will share event information and address service need gaps in the region.
For more information, contact McManus, assistant director of the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-2503, or Ally Initiatives at UW-Stout, 715-232-1772.