This webinar examines recent data collected by the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop, an undergraduate experiential learning opportunity, to identify potential causes and consequences of these high rates of economic vulnerability.
Attendees will gain an overview of how the city of Tucson has been plagued by high rates of poverty for the last twenty years. Specifically, we will consider the impacts of limited educational opportunities, lower wages, and lack of affordable housing on low-income households.
With 25% of its population living below the federal poverty threshold, and close to 33% of all children growing up in a poor household, Tucson has ranked among the poorest cities of its size across the United States. Several possible solutions currently being implemented in low-income neighborhoods will be reviewed as potential models for addressing the city’s persistent poverty rates.
The research interests of Brian Mayer, PhD, focus on the social production of environmental health risks and the contestations that emerge around environmental problems in the areas of science, policy, and medicine. His work in environmental sociology has examined the role of community activism and participation in the identification and management of potential environmental health risks.
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