Dr. Phyllis Pomerantz, professor of the practice of public policy at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), spoke on global poverty and international development Wednesday, Nov. 12, at a symposium of community college educators held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During her talk, Pomerantz described how the effects of poverty can be felt worldwide in areas such as security, health and the environment. She also gave an overview of actions the international community is taking to address poverty, including increasing aid and encouraging private sector development.

“It’s not about charity, but about our own national interest — ensuring the prosperity and health of our children and future generations both here and abroad,” Pomerantz said.

The annual two-day symposium was organized by World View, a public service program at UNC that equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world. It was attended by more than 100 community college educators from across the state.

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