The Center on Poverty and Inequality works with policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices that alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States.
The Center's areas of anti-poverty work include national, state, and local policy and program recommendations that help marginalized girls, promote effective workforce and education policies and programs for disconnected youth, and develop policy to combat deep poverty.
Our strategies are to partner with Administration agencies and non-profit organizations to host national conferences, produce and widely disseminate in-depth reports, engage in public speaking, and participate in national coalitions and working groups.
On September 9, in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the center hosted a national poverty event to highlight the newly-released book, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. The event included a presentation by the authors, Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer, followed by remarks from Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Cecilia Muñoz (White House Domestic Policy Council). It also featured a discussion by a panel of national and international poverty experts (pictured above), including Wade Henderson (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), and Aparna Mathur (AEI).
The Center on Poverty was proud to co-host an event on August 22, 2015, to launch the Washington, DC chapter of Black Girls Code. Fifty girls ranging in age from 7–17 attended with their parents to learn to build a website in a day. The opening speakers included Rebecca Epstein, the Center’s Executive Director, Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, and Kimberlyn Leary, Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls.
On May 27, The Center on Poverty hosted a national conference on Improving the Outcomes of Students in Foster Care with partners National Center for Youth Law, the ABA Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, and the Children’s Defense Fund. View a video of the conference above. Other conference materials can be viewed here: agenda and speakers’ biographies.
On January 15, the Center on Poverty and Inequality co-hosted a national conference with the White House and the Department of Education, “Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education."
We were honored to hear from some of the greatest contributors to the field and be part of the beginning of many meaningful conversations. A special thank-you to our keynote speaker, Aprille Ericsson of NASA, and our surprise guest speaker, her 6-year-old STEM-focused daughter, Arielle. It was an inspiring day.
Publications and Events
November 2015: Read Indivar Dutta-Gupta and Kali Grant's article in the Fall 2015 issue of InSight to learn more about two-generation approaches to poverty reduction and the EITC: “Poverty and Inequality in America: Why We Should Care and What We Should Do.”
October 2015: On Oct. 26, in partnership with The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the center released a new report on the importance of raising the minimum wage as a civil and human rights issue. Click here to read "Raising Wages, Reducing Inequality, Sustaining Families: Why raising the minimum wage is a civil and human rights issue."
September 2015: On Sept. 9, in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the center hosted a national poverty event featuring the newly-released book, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Watch the recording of the event here and read about it here.
September 2015: A TalkPoverty.org article written by Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Peter Edelman, and LaDonna Pavetti highlighting $2.00 a Day, "New Research Documents Growth of Extreme Poverty," was cross-posted by several other media outlets, including Billmoyers.com and Commondreams.org. It was #1 on Billmoyers.com.
August 2015: "404 Error: Why Internet Access is Still a Problem for Many in Poverty" on TalkPoverty.org by Erin Simpson, Fellow.
July 2015: The center recently submitted comments on the discussion draft of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization bill to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources. Download these comments here.
June 2015: Read "Ten Solutions to Fight Economic Inequality" by Kali Grant, Program Assistant, and Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Director of the Project on Deep Poverty.
April 2015: "Why the Wealthy Always Win," by Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Director of the center's Project on Deep Poverty and Senior Fellow.
October 2014: The center released the report, “Improving Wages, Improving Lives: Why raising the minimum wage is a civil and human rights issue” with the Leadership Conference Education Fund. The report explores how the nation’s historically low minimum wage is an important driver of poverty and income inequality and examines the current state of minimum wage policy on the state and federal level, as well as the far-reaching benefits of a minimum wage increase.
September 2014: Click here to read the three key steps that Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Director of the center's Project on Deep Poverty and Senior Fellow, recommends policymakers take to expand economic opportunity and security for people still struggling in this economy.
July 2014: Click here to read Faculty Director Peter Edelman's piece, "50 Years Later: Why We Must Remember the Civil Rights Movement."
Click here to download the center's new report, "Raising Wages, Reducing Inequality, Sustaining Families: Why raising the minimum wage is a civil and human rights issue."
Click here to download the Center on Poverty's Report: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story.
Click here to download the Center on Poverty's report.