The impact of poverty, class, and socioeconomic status on a functioning civil society has moved to the forefront of public dialogue, but how does that translate into our own backyards?  In this workshop, we will explore the demographic realities of the New River Valley, Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech communities and analyze the impact that poverty, class, and socioeconomic status already have on our working environments.


When you’ve completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Define and discuss poverty, class, and socioeconomic status in relationship to its impact on an individual's ability to carry out the everyday functions of living and thriving.
  • Analyze demographic data as it pertains to poverty, class, and socioeconomic status in relevant communities within and across the New River Valley. 
  • Evaluate a case study depicting an individual's typical lived experiences of poverty as it intersects with Virginia Tech. 


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).

Time and Location

Apr. 13, June 5
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
North End Center


Eli Jamison


Free, but space is limited.  All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Please review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This course can be used to meet elective requirements for any Diversity Development Certificate.