Poverty Simulation


OMI helps host poverty simulation sessions with staff, students and community member volunteer participants, as well as the Poverty Reduction Initiative, a Kalamazoo-based nonprofit organization.  These simulations lead students from sociology, political science, economics, business, and urban & regional studies courses through vivid role playing experiences as low-income citizens.  Each student has to navigate and negotiate through a month of interactions with various private and public organizations to pay bills, provide food and shelter for their families, and keep their children in school.  The first 2 poverty simulations were held in March, 2013 and over 125 UM-Dearborn students participated.

Photo courtesy of Tina Nelson

In the Winter 2016 semester, OMI and the CIViC will again host a Poverty Simulation program. There will be two simulations offered:


Friday, April 1st from 1:00-4:00 pm

Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm



Faculty: If you are a faculty member who has an interest in the simulation, or questions related to the Poverty Simulation experience, please complete the following interest form by November 9, 2015: