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UMW “Two Dollar Challenge” gains national recognition

The University of Mary Washington recently issued the following press release:

What began several years ago as a class project for an introductory macroeconomics course at the University of Mary Washington will gain national recognition during the first U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.

The Two Dollar Challenge, with its nonprofit partner Opportunity International, was among 10 groups invited to the November 16-19 conference because of their innovative approaches to engaging citizens in the worldwide fight on poverty.

Representing Two Dollar Challenge from UMW are Humphrey, executive director Erin Kelly ’09, national president Meredith Greenwell ’11 and campus president Laura Dick ’13.

The Two Dollar Challenge has been adopted at other colleges since it was founded in 2006 at UMW to raise awareness of global poverty on campus through fundraising, but also to help change student perceptions of poverty.  The challenge uses the annual experiential learning exercise called Challenge Week. Participants accept the challenge of living on $2 a day—what half the world’s population lives on—for five days while begging for food, boiling water to sanitize it and using no personal electricity after sunset.

You can read the entire press release here.