The LEAP Conference was just the beginning of the Mercer Service Scholars commitment to to educate the entire student body about the causes of structural poverty, the stigma and myths associated with the poor, and—most importantly—what sustainable measures Mercerians and all Maconites can take to bring resources, dignity, and hope to our fellow citizens. Held in the spring of 2011, the conference included:
- a staged production of Barbara Ehrenreich's best-selling account of living as a member of "the working poor"
- a poverty simulation that helps students understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month
- a keynote address by Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer, who will speak on "Poverty and the Politics of Religion."
For the full schedule of events, go>.