Troy University's Civic Engagement Series to focus on poverty on Nov. 14

Posted: Tuesday, 08 November 2011

TROY – Kristina Scott, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, will lead a discussion on the impact of poverty in Alabama, the United States and around the globe during Troy University's third installment of its Civic Engagement Series on Nov. 14.

The presentation, "Hunger: Where Education, Economics and Politics Collide," will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus and is open to the public. Admission is free.

The Civic Engagement Series, designed to spark discussion of contemporary issues and engage students in civic involvement, is sponsored by the First Year Studies program's Office of Student Learning Initiatives.

"Each session features opportunities for students to engage with professional experts and advocates about issues that have an impact on society and our community," said Jonathon T. Cellon, coordinator of student learning initiatives at TROY.

The Alabama Poverty Project was formed in 1993 by a group of concerned citizens seeking to take action against poverty in the state. The organization's mission is to provide leadership in poverty education that inspires civic and moral responsibility among Alabamians to help eliminate poverty in the state.

Before joining the Alabama Poverty Project in 2008, Scott served as the managing attorney for external affairs at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Her accomplishments there included partnering with children's health professionals and housing advocates to fight childhood lead poisoning. Her efforts resulted in the nation's first criminal charges brought against property owners for exposing children to dangerous levels of lead.

In addition, Scott launched the Freedom of Information Unit to improve public access to government records and spearheaded a multi-agency effort to expand elder abuse prosecutions that resulted in a 100 percent increase in cases filed.

Scott earned her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Florida and her juris doctor with distinction from Emory University. She is a member of the Bar in California, Georgia and New York.

A Homewood resident, Scott also serves on the board of directors of Catalyst for Birmingham and the Alabama Moving Picture Association.