Do you desire to see your faculty and staff have a deeper understanding of the challenges that students in poverty face?


In America, the single most important factor in our overall health is our zip code. 

COPE: College Edition allows participants to have a greater understanding of the juggling act many non-traditional, under-resourced students face on their way  to transcend poverty.  It also equips educators with the insights of how they can design programs to better assist these students and increase retention and completion rates. 

This experience represents the lives of 20 college students, who have graciously shared their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to real students, real situations, and real barriers that exist. Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with students in poverty, and how policies and systems either help or hinder progress. 

COPE: College Edition was developed in partnership with Sinclair Community College.

COPE: College Edition is a tool that will help your team:

  • Deepen their understanding of the realities of Poverty in America.

  • Improve their inner professional approaches and connections within your delivery system.

  • Develop practices and approaches that will help bridge the health equity gap.

  • Build partnerships with the broader community to improve health outcomes for low-income families.

The College Edition of the COPE training engaged participants in the “lived poverty experience” discussion of individuals in our community. We were made aware that this experience is not limited to one isolated group. Participation in the relationship-based approach of COPE has enriched the interactions among faculty, staff and students. The outcome of this training is a unified endeavor to create social change across the college. Ongoing collaborative efforts to support students and fellow employees include the cost free food pantry, coat and clothing closet, health care clinic, and job placement services (to name a few).
— Dee Malcuit, Sociology Associate Professor, Clark State Community College

An Experience For Everyone.


The Cost of Poverty Experience has been adapted to reflect the experience of poverty in various contexts. Please click on one of the sectors below that best describes the organization that you are affiliated with to find out how COPE can help you have greater impact.