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2019 Poverty & Homelessness Conference (PHC)

"Disrupting Injustice and Prioritizing Equity Education"

The number of school-aged children experiencing poverty and homelessness is significantly high and continuing to rise. The annual PHC 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 well-being.

The following topics will be addressed at the conference:

  • Poverty Awareness
  • Systems of Inequity
  • Working with Low-Income Families
  • Nutrition and Health Implications
  • Art Integration and 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.

Keynote Speaker

Ian Siljestrom

Ian Siljestrom

Ian Siljestrom is the Central Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator for Equality Florida. He is responsible for fighting the extensive risk factors, which disproportionately affect our LGBTQ youth in school including bullying, homelessness, self-harm, substance abuse and HIV transmission. He has been working directly with school districts to assist in the implementation of professional development and comprehensive best practices to ensure the empowerment of all students’ identities, particularly LGBTQ students living in poverty and experiencing homelessness.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who helped in making the previous Poverty and Homelessness Conferences a success! Your support is deeply appreciated. 

The 2019 PHC Registration is now open.

The conference will take place

March 15, 2019 from
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at

Stetson University

Rinker Field House

602 Bert Fish Drive, DeLand, Florida 32723

Note: Limited slots are available. Registration is on a first-come basis.


More Information

For more information, contact PHC Founder and Executive Director Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.: