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OLLI to Host Community Forum on Poverty in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Dakota will host a public forum about poverty called “The Real Cost of Poverty.” The forum takes place in Sioux Falls from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

According to a Census Bureau report, 11.3% of Sioux Falls residents live in poverty.

The free community forum will address poverty in three sessions.

Jan. 30 – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Below the Surface: The Depth of Poverty

The session features Matt Gassen from Feeding South Dakota, Suzanne Smith, director of the Augustana Research Institute, and Candy Hanson from Thrive Sioux Falls.

Feb. 6 – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. On the Surface: The Impact of Poverty on our Community

The session will be led by a panel of Sioux Falls experts, including Jamie Nold, assistant superintendent of Schools in Sioux Falls, Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County commissioner, Kari Benz, director of Minnehaha County Human Services, and others.

Feb. 13 – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Above the Surface: What Can We Do to Get our Community Out of Poverty?

This discussion will be led by local attorney Kasey Olivier, who will tell her personal story of rising from the grasp of poverty. She’ll be joined by others from the area who found hope and assistance in Sioux Falls.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved through Eventbrite or through Facebook.  

For more information, call OLLI at 605-274-9528.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News