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University Community Forum: An Inequitable Welfare System for Lower Income Families

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  • Categories: Community
  • Event posted: Aug. 13, 2013
  • Last updated: Aug. 16, 2013

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This talk builds on the compelling observation that the pattern low-income families walk into is a present time oriented or consumption based pattern of behavior; in contrast, the pattern higher income families walk into is future oriented or asset based. What the Elliots suggest is that a bifurcated welfare system exists in the U.S.: one branch primarily focuses on the ability of the poor to consume goods; the other primarily focuses on the ability of middle- and high-income income families to accumulate assets. However, in order for human capital development to occur among low-income children policies must be developed to enable both to accumulate assets. University Forum is sponsored by Ecumenical Campus Ministries. This program is held each Wednesday during the Spring and Fall semesters at the ECM Center. The presentations are free and open to the University and Lawrence communities. Every presentation begins at 12:00 noon, and usually includes a brief question and answer period before concluding at 1:00 p.m. We also serve an optional lunch at 11:30am for $6.50 ($3.50 for students) The University-Community forum has been bringing together the KU and Lawrence communities since the 1940s. This program is a series of presentations by faculty, students and community members to educate and facilitate dialogue on ideas and events that shape our society.

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