Poverty Forum

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 2, 1997

Policy Forum to Discuss W-2 Impact

The Women and Poverty in Western Wisconsin Project will present a public policy forum on "Poverty and the Impact of W-2," on May 12 in the President's Room of the Hagestad Student Center at UW-River Falls. The forum is free and open to the public.

The policy forum is designed to enhance awareness of poverty issues under Wisconsin's current welfare reform. The day-long forum will address issues of health and child care, education and employment. It will begin with keynote speaker Laura Wittman who is the co-author of "In Our Own Words: Mother's Perspectives on Welfare Reform," a statewide survey of women in poverty.

Panel and roundtable discussion groups will include a variety of knowledgeable individuals brought together to educate the public about both sides of welfare reform and its impact on those in poverty. The discussion and panel groups will include legislators Sen. Alice Clausing (De-Menomonie) and Rep. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), human service professionals, individuals in poverty, daycare providers, and employment professionals from Pierce, St. Croix and Polk counties.

The schedule for the forum is as follows: 9-10 a.m. registration, 10-11 a.m. keynote speaker, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. roundtable discussion groups, 12-1 p.m. break, 2-3 p.m. panel discussion, and 3 p.m. closing session.

The forum is sponsored by the Women & Poverty in Western Wisconsin Project, UW-River Falls, the Bremer Foundation, and the Mott Foundation. For more information, assistance with child care or transportation costs, call Davida Alperin at 715/425-3318, Ruth Kalms at 715/425 3262 or Victoria Hansen at 715/425-2762.

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