Project Pyramid creates a community that addresses issues of poverty in an interdisciplinary classroom and through sustained partnerships with local and international organizations. Its members learn to recognize multiple poverties from one another in the classroom and from individuals and organizations that encounter poverties first hand. Students respond to knowledge gained in the classroom and through collaborative partnerships by engaging in action to alleviate poverty.
Sustained Partnerships: Bringing together Vanderbilt students from multiple disciplines and building relationships with community organizations.
Education: Learning from other students in the classroom and encountering poverty in the community.
Responsive Action: Defining a response in conversation with the community and academic scholarship.
The convergence of many discipline’s perspectives and opportunities for collaboration with communities experiencing poverties leads to sustained attention to poverty beyond Project Pyramid.
Project Pyramid is an interdisciplinary course open to all graduate students at Vanderbilt University. The course examines the causes and symptoms of poverty, and varying methods of poverty alleviation. The course is designed to enable collaboration across different graduate disciplines and student perspectives on poverty and to prepare students for project work with domestic and international organizations.