Baylor Student Activities Hosts Annual Poverty Summit

Oct. 5, 2010

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The 2010 Poverty Summit "Hungry for Justice: Social, Economic, Environmental," hosted by Baylor University Student Activities, the Campus Kitchens Project and Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative, will be held Friday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 10, in the Bill Daniel Student Center on campus.

The Poverty Summit, which started on Baylor's campus in 2008, aims to stimulate academic thought and raise awareness about poverty; engage students about the issues of social, economic, and environmental justice; and encourage action. The summit will have a strong focus on issues stemming from poverty such as hunger and human trafficking. Last year, more than 250 people attended.

"Baylor is privileged to have the only Campus Kitchen in the state of Texas, so we have the opportunity to share that experience with other Texas institutions. In addition, Baylor students have abundant gifts; I hope that they consider how to use their talents to advocate for the marginalized and make a positive impact in our community," said Marianne Magjuka, coordinator for service learning at Baylor University.

Speakers include Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; Robert Egger, founder and president of D.C. Central Kitchen; and Shannon Sedgwick Davis, a prominent anti-human trafficking advocate involved in global human rights.

The conference will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, with registration and include a welcome from Baylor President Ken Starr, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, a justice exhibition, a panel discussion, off-campus service events, and a documentary film. It will conclude at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, with a service at Church Under the Bridge and a CROP Hunger Walk.

"I hope each person leaves the conference with a sense that he or she can contribute to the common goal of making a positive impact in the local community. Regardless of academic interest or profession, everyone has valuable talent and energy to share," Magjuka said.

The conference is open to the public with a $40 registration fee, which includes three meals and one dessert, conference materials and the option to reserve a table in the exhibition space. To register online, visit Baylor Online Registration.

Registration for Baylor students, faculty and staff is $20. To register online, go here.

Registration for Baylor students, faculty and staff is $20.

For more information, visit www.baylor.edu/povertysummit or call the department for service learning at (254) 710-6938.

The Bill Daniel Student Center is located at 1311 S. Fifth St.

by Alison Higgins, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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