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United Way Symposium Series


In 2016, UWM and its partners, University of Nebraska-Omaha and Buffett Early Childhood Institute, launched a three-year series of community discussions and symposiums to engage area leaders and local residents.

More than 1,000 individuals have engaged in these community gatherings. Through this collective learning, the symposiums have built a shared understanding of local realities and promising strategies to impact poverty throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.

Please view past Symposium Series events below.

Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care

Trauma and chronic stress put individuals at higher risk of chronic disease and can make individuals less able to solve problems, cope with adversity and achieve success. This symposium explored the challenges and responses to trauma that affects individuals, families, neighborhoods and systems in our metro area.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: A Multi-generational Approach

Poverty is a complex condition that cannot be addressed with a single solution. Its impact is felt by generations of people, which makes it even more complicated to address. At this symposium, attendees learned about poverty’s impact on our community and the local and national efforts that aim to address it from the family perspective.

Food Security in Our Community

About one in seven people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area are considered “food insecure.” That means more than 100,000 of our neighbors often have to choose between buying food or paying for other urgent needs like rent, utilities or medication. This symposium explored the causes of and local responses to food insecurity.

The Impact of Widening Opportunity Gaps

The United States is in a period of economic growth, but these successes are not felt by all Omaha-Council Bluffs residents equally, especially in certain neighborhoods where poverty is becoming increasingly concentrated. This symposium provided community members an opportunity to talk with one another about poverty and strengthen partnerships to address opportunity gaps in the metro.

Everyone Prospers: The Path to Equity

People living in or at-risk of poverty face many barriers, making it difficult for them to become financially stable or succeed in school and life. During this symposium, Dr. McAfee shared best practices for creating equitable communities and led a conversation on how to create opportunities of prosperity for our community.

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