Students, teachers pilot poverty simulation for future GCP keystone course


Ten Webster University students lived in poverty for two days as part of a class called “Real World Survivor: Confronting Poverty at Heifer Ranch.” The students went to Heifer Ranch  in Perryville, Ark during their fall break. Next year, their class will count as a keystone class in the Global Citizenship Program at Webster.

Keystone seminars were created in an effort to give students an integrative experience that focuses on problem solving. It is supposed to be one of the last courses students take in the GCP. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year all bachelors of arts and bachelors of science students will be required to take a keystone course.

Keystone Seminars Director Victoria McMullen teaches the real world survivor class. She was part of a team who developed the course over the past three years.

“(With the keystone courses) We’re preparing people for jobs that have not yet been created,” McMullen said.

Reporting by Megan Favignano


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