Poverty and Community Development

This research area deepens understanding about the intersection of the social, economic, and political forces that perpetuate poverty in communities worldwide. This research effort is informed by the Catholic Social Tradition, particularly the principle of the preferential option for the poor, which demands that we spend more resources—financial and intellectual—on those who are most vulnerable. Work in this area also seeks to illuminate and concretize the University’s aim, stated in its mission statement, to develop in its students “a disciplined sensibility to the poverty and injustice that burden the lives of so many.” Research can address these concerns in international or domestic communities, but special attention is given to how they are expressed and addressed in the local community.

Active Research in this area:

  • Poverty Studies Interactive Case Studies. Construction of case studies that explore key issues and learning opportunities in poverty studies. Institutional members of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty are leading the development of these cases through the support of the University of Notre Dame Office of Digital Learning Major Project Award. Principle Investigator: Connie Snyder Mick, Ph.D. (cmick@nd.ed)
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Upcoming Events

January 2019

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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
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2019 Social Concerns Fair
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

March 2019

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

April 2019

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Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

June 2019

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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)