Campus: The University of Alabama
Professor: Stephen F. Black, Director, Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility
Poverty, Faith, and Justice in America will introduce students to the concepts of justice and obligation in various faith traditions, foster discussion on issues faced by the working poor, perceptions and misperceptions of those living in poverty, and current policies affecting lower-income families and individuals. Further, the course will explore the ways faith can affect our response to poverty and inform our understanding of justice. In addition to classroom discussions, students will complete tax training, take an IRS certification test, and once students become certified, they will serve as SaveFirst volunteer tax preparers at community-based sites across the state from mid-January through February. In March, students will also participate in the FocusFirst Initiative, which trains college and graduate students to conduct high-tech vision screenings for children six months to five years of age enrolled in Head Start programs and daycares in economically disadvantaged communities.