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Bridges to Campus (Wayne College): Nickel and Dimed Book Discussion

Spring 2018 Bridges Book Discussion

Friday, March 2, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location and details TBA!

Please RSVP to Maureen Lerch

Discussion Guides and Questions

Discussion Brainstorming Prompts

Brainstorming prompt #1:

In the book one of the maids would only eat a bag of Doritos to get through a day of hard labor.  Many of our students have to make difficult choices about what to spend their money on, and sometimes do not have enough to eat or make food choices that may affect their ability to think, work, or participate in a meaningful way in class.  How could we help these students?

Brainstorming prompt #2:

Students who are going to school while working in blue collar jobs often come to class with aches and pains or lacking sleep if they are doing shift work.  (Also, some self-medicate to cope.) How could we help these students?

Brainstorming prompt #3:

Many of our students are working in very low-paying jobs and some need to piece together several jobs to make ends meet.  Their schedules are unpredictable and their paychecks are unpredictable.  They could lose their jobs just by needing to show up for a class. How could we help these students?

Brainstorming prompt #4:

Some of our students don’t have a reliable home situation.  They may be facing eviction. They may live with multiple (unreliable) roommates, couch surf, or even not know where they will be sleeping at night.  How could we help these students?

Brainstorming prompt #5:

Many of our part-time faculty and staff experience the piecemeal nature of crafting a living wage by working multiple locations and multiple jobs.  How can our policies or practices be altered to help them work at fewer places to make a decent living?