U.S. Views on the Poor Have Deep, Coiled Roots (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


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“There are poor people who deserve help and are unfairly branded as undeserving,” Childers told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She goes on to say, “I do think there are people who have squandered resources and have failed to deserve the support of their communities, but I also believe those people exist in every social class.“

As ombudsperson, Childers serves as a resource for employees, helping to prevent, resolve, and manage conflict. Prior to taking that position in 2007, Childers taught classes in both the English department and in women’s and gender studies.  She is the former director of equal opportunity and affirmation action at Dartmouth, as well as a former director of the Women’s Resource Center.

Read the full story, published 3/5/12 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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