Poverty Seminar Series – Fall 2021

Fall Semester, 3rd Friday, September – December
Starting Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

This series is hosted by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science in partnership with the School of Social Work.

For many low-income families, the COVID-19 pandemic has translated into lost jobs and decreased work hours, putting a strain on already scarce resources. The resulting consequences of such income loss include food insecurity, stress and anxiety, as well as children’s emotional and behavioral problems. During this seminar series, faculty of various disciplines provided insights into what we can do to address these harmful effects of COVID-19. These experts presented and discussed how different policy interventions affect families’ well-being, specifically when looking at key outcomes such as parental engagement and child development.


Prof. Eliza Forsythe
The third seminar in this series featured University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Economic and School of Labor and Employment Relations Prof. Eliza Forsythe presenting “Inequality and Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Prof. Julia Henly
The second seminar in this series featured University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice Dr. Julia Henly discussing her research on policy measures to increase child care stability for low-income families, and the equity impacts of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reform.

Prof. Ariel Kalil
The first seminar in this series featured University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Dr. Ariel Kalil discussing her research on how parents make decisions to spend time, money, attention, and affection, promoting their child’s development, and why these decision are likely to differ by parental advantage.