Campus hosting sessions on transitioning out of poverty

Two free workshops introducing the philosophy of Dr. Ruby Payne, author of “Framework for Poverty” and co-author of “Bridges Out of Poverty,” will take place at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union formal lounge.

Guest speaker is Angela Douglas of Contact Community Services of Syracuse.

The book “Bridges Out of Poverty” explores practical strategies to help people in different economic classes understand each other’s “worlds” and improve outcomes for people transitioning out of poverty, said Donna Besaw, assistant director of continuing education at Oswego.

“A shared understanding of the ways in which different economic classes operate and the recognition of the resources that each class has to offer are the backbone of the ‘Bridges’ approach, fostering connectivity and creativity in devising workable solutions to community problems,” Besaw said.

The project aims to create a collaborative learning community developing new skills and understandings across economic classes. Attendees can lend their voices and experiences to future discussions on working together to create social, economic and cultural change. 

SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations sponsors these free three-hour workshops in collaboration with the college’s Institute for Professional and Organizational Development. For more information, call Besaw at 312-6430 or visit

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(Posted: Oct 03, 2007)