Baylor University Creates Awareness with Poverty Summit

Nov. 5, 2009

3 days, 12 Breakouts, 1 Panel

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Baylor University students will build awareness of poverty issues around the Waco community with the Poverty Summit held Nov. 6 - 8 in the Bill Daniel Student Center on Baylor's campus.

The summit will present keynote speaker David Johnson, CEO of Silent Images and a former English teacher, who takes his camera around the world to document stories of hope in the midst of poverty. There also will be a panel discussion with community members, students, faculty and staff, as well as 12 interdisciplinary breakout sessions about medicine, economics, missions, politics and ethics in poverty.

"The Poverty Summit aims to engage students in meaningful dialogue about the issues surrounding poverty. We hope that students, faculty and staff will be inspired to act and work for change in our community," said Marianne Magjuka, coordinator of service learning initiatives at Baylor, who helped develop the idea of the summit.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, followed by an exhibition of programs including Steppin' Out, ONE Campaign, TOMS and the Texas Hunger Initiative designed to raise awareness and alleviate poverty. A silent auction of David Johnson prints will be held on the third floor rotunda of the student center.

The summit includes the World Hunger Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and the screening of The Price of Sugar, followed by discussion at Common Grounds at 9 p.m.

To close the summit, participants will serve food to the homeless at the Church Under the Bridge at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

To register and view program schedule, click here.

For more information, please contact Magjuka at (254) 710-6938.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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