The problem facing us, poverty in the southern "Black Belt" (named for the color of the soil), has been around for hundreds of years. When I said at the beginning of the semester that it was overwhelming, I figured it was because we were just getting started... but it's still overwhelming. And it's February. We graduate and this class ends in the first week of May.
The challenge our class has now is to figure out exactly what we can do to help, and how we can leave a lasting impression. Let's be honest, can we completely solve the problem of poverty in 3 months? No. Can we do research, conduct focus groups, and lay the groundwork for a sustainable program to bond the community and the university in the coming years? Absolutely, and that's what we're going to do.