Poverty Initiative

Every day, poverty stifles hope, opportunity, and dignity for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. And despite well-intentioned policies and programs, little is known about how to break poverty’s vicious generational cycle. The Notre Dame Poverty Initiative will establish Notre Dame as a leading institution for poverty research, preparing students for careers and service in anti-poverty efforts, and turning evidence into action, illuminating proven pathways out of poverty for people around the world.

The Poverty Initiative held its kickoff meeting in early November, where the Executive Committee had a robust discussion about how to lay a strong foundation for carrying out the Initiative’s charge, including criteria for areas of investment and ways to measure the Initiative’s impact. The Initiative is now in the process of making its first investments in several areas around campus. Funds will support projects such as expanding a “Poverty Research Scholars” program for Notre Dame undergraduates, establishing a University multi-disciplinary, data-driven population center, and launching new research on global poverty, among others.

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Notre Dame launches unprecedented University-wide effort to fight poverty

The University of Notre Dame is launching a bold new Poverty Initiative to develop and advance innovative solutions to help vulnerable populations and to train a new generation of leaders committed to the fight against poverty.

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Request for Proposals

The Poverty Initiative requests proposals for high-impact research endeavors related to describing the nature of poverty or understanding its causes and consequences and how best to alleviate it. This funding aims to support Notre Dame faculty by elevating their existing research and/or supporting new areas of inquiry related to poverty. These research grants would provide a “package” of operational infrastructure necessary for the scholar’s research to thrive. Poverty Research Packages are available to any faculty member whose research closely aligns with the mission of the Poverty Initiative. Proposals are due April 26.

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Connect with the Poverty Initiative

More than 200 faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs attended the Connect with the Poverty Initiative event on Feb. 8 to learn more about this University-wide effort to fight poverty in the U.S. and around the globe.

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Executive Committee

  1. James Sullivan 1

    James Sullivan

    Director, Poverty Initiative

    Professor, Department of Economics; Director, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

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  2. Heather Reynolds 04

    Heather Reynolds

    Managing Director, Notre Dame Poverty Initiative; Michael L. Smith Managing Director, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

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  3. Scott Appleby

    Scott Appleby

    Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs; Professor of History

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  4. David Go

    David Go

    Vice President and Associate Provost for Academic Strategy; Viola D. Hank Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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  5. Tracy Kijewski Correa

    Tracy Kijewski-Correa

    William J. Pulte Director, Pulte Institute for Global Development; Professor of Engineering and Global Affairs

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  6. Laura Mcaleer

    Laura McAleer

    Associate Vice President, Federal & Washington Relations

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  7. Sarah Mustillo

    Sarah Mustillo

    I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean, College of Arts and Letters; Professor, Department of Sociology

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  8. Suzanne Shanahan

    Suzanne Shanahan

    Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns; Professor of the Practice

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  9. Eric Sims

    Eric Sims

    Chair, Department of Economics; Michael P. Grace II Collegiate Professor, Department of Economics

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