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As part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity awareness within the NIC community, the 2014/16 academic year will be dedicated to addressing socioeconomic inequality through the theme: The Reality of Poverty, An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity.

The Reality of Poverty: An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity

Poverty as an issue of Diversity:

Poverty, which leads to social inequality, is an issue related to diversity. Creating a campus wide theme to provide education concerning the structural causes of poverty promotes an understanding of diverse populations. The NIC student population and larger community of North Idaho experience poverty at concerning levels. Those experiencing poverty face multiple disadvantages which ultimately impact their life chances, particularly their ability to be successful in college. The poor in our society generally face marginalization as the causes of poverty are misunderstood. The outcome is that social inequality increases and communities become more polarized and disengaged.

Upcoming Events 

Fall 2015 

Nickel and Dimed Book Cover

Cardinal Reads will host two Roundtable Discussions for the common read. Engage in intellectual inquiry and discourse about the common read.  

When: September 16th and November 11th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: SUB Driftwood Bay Room 

We will also host the showing of a satirical documentary related to the common read:  

The American Ruling Class

When: October 22nd at 2:30 p.m. in the SUB.  

Where: Lake Coeur d'Alene Room  

Selection of the new common read for Fall and Spring 2016 will be announced October 1st, 2015. 

*Check back soon for updates. 


 Previous Events

 Spring 2015

Common Read Coffee Talks
Where: Driftwood Bay
When: January 26, February 10, March 10, April 14, April 30

Training for Faculty and Staff. (Open to U of I and LCSC)
Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students (UEURCS) by Karen A. Becker, Ph.D., Karla M. Krodel, MBA, Bethanie H. Tucker, Ed.D., Foreword, by Mike Theall, Ph.D.
Where: Lake CDA room 
When: Feb 4 and 5th.
Contact: Holly.Edwards@nic.edu to register
Event Flier

Footsteps: A Journey of Many 
Where: Lake Coeur d'Alene Room
When: March 3rd - 5th

Day of Dialogue 
Where: Lake Coeur d'Alene Room
When: March 17th 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Diversity Events Presents, Understanding Poverty: A Day of Learning
Where: Lake Coeur d’Alene Room
When: April 21st

Common Read Panel Discussion: Nickel and Dimed

Where: Driftwood Bay
When: April 30th