Warner Professors Take Part in Local Anti-Poverty Program

Shaun NelmsTwo faculty members at the Warner School of Education have been appointed important roles in the new Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, a local effort to address the region’s deep poverty.
Shaun Nelms ‘04W (MS) ‘13W (EdD), East High School deputy superintendent and an adjunct professor at the Warner School, currently serves on a steering committee overseeing the initiative’s efforts. Additionally, Kara Finnigan, associate professor in educational policy at the Warner School, serves on the Education work group formed within the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.  
 Kara Finnigan
The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative is a coalition of about 100 agencies and organizations that aims to develop a comprehensive approach to eliminate poverty in Monroe County. Formed at the beginning of the year, the initiative consists of a 26-member steering committee that includes local health and human services, academia, business, government and labor leaders, including Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Rochester Business Alliance Inc. CEO Robert Duffy, NYS Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and others. United Way, the lead agency for this initiative, is coordinating the effort, which is supported by a task force formed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According to an article in the Democrat and Chronicle, the initiative brings together nearly 150 people to participate in the project’s six work groups, focusing on housing, health/nutrition, jobs/workforce development, education, safe neighborhoods, and justice in an effort to address poverty in Rochester. Approximately 300 community members applied to serve on the groups.
To learn more about the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, educational policy, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.
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