March 21, 2013 5:52 PM

Issues of Poverty and Class Dominate Diversity Conference

Stephanie Jones, an associate professor of education at the University of Georgia, described her childhood Thursday as an idyllic environment where children played and parents protected them from the evils of the world. But Jones didn’t grow up in the typical American suburb, or even a middle-class environment. She grew up in a Cincinnati trailer park, where people were scorned. Jones shared her story as keynote speaker on the opening day of the annual Diversity Conference at Columbus State University. The event was organized by CSU, the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. It will continue today at Cunningham Center, where Phenix Mayor Eddie Lowe will be the keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m.

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