In Philadelphia, 28 percent of residents live in poverty. To teach its students about poverty, The College of Public Health's nursing department has been running "poverty simulations" for the past two years. They are exercises, run by faculty and community members, intended to teach nursing students what poverty is truly like – with a shortage of money and a lot of stress. The Philadelphia Inquirer visited us during a recent simulation and spoke with students and community members about the experience.
For Professor Emerita Dr. Ione Vargus, whose legacy as Temple’s first African American dean as well as the first female dean of the School of Social Work, her race was no big deal. “I come from a family of firsts,” she said. “My father, Edward Dugger, was the first African American appointed to the Medford Massachusetts City Planning Board. Later, he was the first to have a public park named after him.