2016 Poverty & Homelessness Conference (PHC)


"Dismantling Oppression & Poverty: Building Inclusive Learning Spaces"

The number of school-aged children experiencing poverty and homelessness is significantly high and continuing to rise. The third annual P.H.C. will provide culturally-responsive strategies for educators and community partners to effectively reach students living in poverty.

In addition to illuminating the complexity of poverty and homelessness, this conference will provide educators and community partners with ideas to build and sustain equitable learning environments to improve students' academic success and social-emotional wellbeing.

The following topics will be addressed at the conference:

  • Poverty Awareness
  • Systems of Inequity
  • Working with Low-Income Families
  • Nutrition & Health Implications
  • Art Integration & Resiliency
  • Responsive Curriculum and Instruction Strategies
  • Housing Instability Implications
  • Supporting English Language Learners in Poverty
  • Empathy and Inclusion
  • Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Poverty
  • School Leadership Practices

Together, we can build more inclusive schools and communities. Together, we can make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2014 PHC "Together: Beacons of Hope and Inspiration" and the 2015 PHC "Collective Action: Together We Rise" a success!

The 2016 Poverty & Homelessness Conference is a collaboration between Stetson University and Volusia County Schools.


The conference will take place

October 21, 2016 from
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at

Stetson University's
DeLand Campus
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL

Keynote Speaker

Dana Dodek

More Information

For more information, contact P.H.C. Founder and Director Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.: