Students from Alabama’s colleges and universities will examine hunger and poverty in the state on March 2 during the fourth annual Hungry for Justice Student Summit at Troy University Montgomery.
The summit is presented by Troy University’s Office of Civic Engagement and the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success in conjunction with Alabama Possible, a statewide non-profit organization that works to reduce systemic poverty in Alabama. The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.
“This summit is designed to bring together students from Alabama’s two- and four-year colleges and universities for deliberative discussions on issues of poverty and hunger in the state of Alabama,” said Dr. Avery Livingston, coordinator of TROY’s Office of Civic Engagement. “The conference aims to raise awareness of poverty and hunger, engage students about issues of justice related to poverty and hunger, and encourage student action on these issues.”
Livingston said this year’s conference will also feature an “advocate training” from M+R Strategies, a national nonprofit that trains non-government organization professionals to achieve their advocacy goals.
Lori Fresina, senior vice president of M+R Strategies, will lead the training. Fresina has nearly 20 years of experience in public health advocacy and has expertise in grassroots mobilization, coalition building and engaging nonprofits and volunteers in political strategies to advance public health.
Registration for the event is $15 for university students ($20 after Feb. 23), $25 for faculty and staff ($30 after Feb. 23) and $75 for community partners or the public ($80 after Feb. 23). For more information and registration, go to alabamapossible.org/events.