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Dancing to raise awareness of minimum wage

Social Work faculty at students participate in a flash mob at the Capitol to raise awareness about minimum wage.
Social Work faculty at students participate in a flash mob at the Capitol to raise awareness about minimum wage.
Photo by Ande Nesmith

On February 27, faculty and students of the St. Catherine University—University of St. Thomas School of Social Work gathered in the rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol for one purpose: to dance. The flash mob, coordinated by Caitlyn Wright ’14 and A Minnesota Without Poverty, was designed to get people’s attention about the fiercely debated issue of raising minimum wage.

A social work major, Wright explains that organizing a flash mob seemed like the perfect way to work with her internship to get the message out about raising minimum wage.

“Sometimes advocacy can be a big, serious and intimidating word, so it’s nice to show people just how easy, fun and engaging it can be. A flash mob also fit really well with A Minnesota Without Poverty’s strategy to use humor and fun to talk about more serious issues” she says.

Established in 2001, A Minnesota Without Poverty seeks “to build, organize, and mobilize a statewide movement to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020.”


Related content:

A new twist to minimum-wage debate — dance (MinnPost article)

Raise the Wage Flash Mob (video)

March 10, 2014 by Ashley de los Reyes '15

See also: Leadership, Liberal Arts, Social Justice