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Eastern to Host Poverty Conference

Written by Kate Harner


CTCampusCompact.gifWillimantic, Conn. - Connecticut Campus Compact, in collaboration with Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Division of Student Affairs, will host the Issues of Poverty Conference from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Betty R. Tipton Room. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Eastern President Elsa Núñez will greet the conference participants. Patricia Julianelle, legal counsel for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, will deliver the keynote address.

Attendees at the conference will explore the challenges of poverty reduction and opportunities for volunteer partnerships. Representatives from agencies that address issues of poverty in the Windham region, New England and Connecticut will present a snapshot of current efforts. Charlie Chatterton, associate professor of health and physical education, and Elaine Zimmerman, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children, will also speak.


PovertyPhoto.jpg          Breakout sessions, led by representatives of Eastern, the New England Consortium, End Hunger Connecticut, Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition, Windham Region Coalition to End Homelessness, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and Turn the Curve Initiative, will follow.

After lunch, attendees will visit specific community agency tables to learn more about how to get involved.

"This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to learn more about efforts to address the varied issues related to poverty in our communities and to collaborate with local organizations to effect change," said Kim Silcox, interim director of the CCE.

To register for the conference, visit and click on the "Conferences" tab. For more information, contact Colin Doherty and Kristina Scherber at (860) 465-5158 or


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