Genesee Community College Presents Defining Poverty: A State of Need


Genesee Community College will continue its commitment to providing students with cultural awareness events with a second event in the Wealth and Poverty cultural series. Defining Poverty: A State of Need will be presented by Deborah Naybor on Thursday, November 4, 2010. The presentation will take place at the Batavia campus in T119 from 12:30-2:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Poverty is often measured with numbers. Earning less than $18,000 a year or earning less than two dollars a day may place a family under the "poverty line," but these somewhat arbitrary limits fail to look at the basic needs of human beings. Deb Naybor has worked around the world to create sustainable income for poor families, to improve education and health for communities and to make a difference. She will look at food security, housing, land rights and other aspects of global poverty as we examine what defines a person as "poor." Naybor will discuss what has been done at a grassroots level to reduce poverty and give the audience an opportunity to provide their own solutions to reduction of extreme poverty at home and globally.

Deborah Naybor is a professional land surveyor and small business owner in Western New York. She is the founder and executive director of Both Your Hands, a nonprofit organization which connects caring communities for global self sufficiency. This small organization has over 70 projects in 14 countries which create economic and educational opportunities for those in need. In addition, Deborah is a PhD student at the University of Buffalo. Her research focus is on the impact of women’s land rights on poverty. She is the winner of over 20 awards for her ability to overcome obstacles, her business success and her dedication to reduction of extreme poverty around the world.

“We’re delighted to have Deborah join us for what is sure to be an enlightening conversation about poverty across the globe,” Karin Kovach-Allen, dean of Human Communications and Behavior at Genesee said. “We look forward to not only hearing her presentation, but also the open discussion from our students and what they have to say on the subject.”

This event, along with many other cultural awareness events, is developed through the Global Education Committee at Genesee. The Global Education Committee is dedicated to recognizing, embracing, and celebrating the diversity of the human family. Through its varied activities, the Global Education Committee fosters multicultural awareness, understanding and appreciation, and provides opportunities to demonstrate global citizenship.

For further information, please contact Nina Mortellaro at Genesee Community College at 585 343-0055 x 6228 or .

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