Washburn University and Heartland Visioning are excited to announce a
partnership that will allow two people to register for the cost of one
registration to participate in a day-long conversation on poverty
alleviation in our community.
The inaugural Topeka Community Conversation on Poverty will take place
June 11 at the Washburn University Memorial Union. Register online at washburn.edu/tccop.
Lunch is included in the cost of registration.
“Heartland Visioning is excited to be a part of the Topeka Community
Conversation on Poverty,” said John Hunter, executive director of
Heartland Visioning. “This is a reflection of our mission, which focuses
on improving the quality of life for everyone in our community.”
Heartland Visioning will provide one scholarship for every one person
who registers for the event. The offer extends to those who already have
registered as well.
Organized by the AmeriCorps VISTA office at the Washburn University
Center for Community and Civic Engagement and community volunteers, the
day-long event aims to bring together everyone in the Topeka area with
an interest in poverty alleviation.
Following the Unconference model, participants on June 11 will set the
agenda and lead discussion based on what matters most to them. The event
will begin at 8 a.m. in the Washburn University Memorial Union.
“It is time for those of us in Topeka who are concerned about the level
of poverty here to get together and talk,” said Judy Nickelson, VISTA
coordinator and lead organizer of the TCCOP. “We hope to provide an
opportunity for Topekans to make connections and build collaborations
around poverty issues, to discuss what is working and what isn’t, to
talk about their dreams and visions for the Topeka community.”
This open invitation event will engage Topekans in conversations about
their experience of poverty in Topeka, including food access, housing,
healthcare, education, employment, civil rights, criminal justice, the
role of the faith community, funding, policy issues and more. Through
small group work and whole group collaboration, challenges will be
identified and solutions developed.