Office of Student Life

Social Change

Poverty Simulation

The poverty simulation, a partnership with the United Way of Central Ohio, allows students, staff, and faculty at Ohio State to actively engage in a snapshot of a real world experience of what it means to function, from multiple perspectives when living under the poverty line. Those who participate will take on roles such as parent/care taker, grandparent, or child. Within this modeled real world reality, participants will interact with various agencies to survive a month with their respective families. Reflection will conclude the experience attached with a call to action.

We have partnered with United Way of Central Ohio to bring this experience to Ohio State Spring 2018 because it will be vital in understanding how living in poverty affects not only the educational experiences for youth, but the holistic impact on the well-being of the family.