The Great Divide
The Great Divide is an initiative designed to organize faculty for the purpose of educating and offering solutions to resolve the issue of economic inequality and its associated injustices. Economic inequality refers to the uneven distribution of income, often associated with race, class, gender, and disability status. On the rise since the 1970s, inequality is having a debilitating impact on communities, and its realities resonate in ways that far exceed financial independence and well-being. Communities most heavily impacted by economic inequality experience a disproportionate level of health challenges, both physical and psychological. These communities are prone to higher levels of environmental pollutants, have a reduced access to educational resources, and are confronted with structural obstacles making it difficult to exercise political agency in their neighborhoods.
The American Democracy Project, which is leading a national effort to raise awareness of economic inequality, states: "We believe that those of us in higher education have the responsibility to engage our students and communities in assembling the knowledge and skills to effectively enact change related to the complex issue of growing economic inequality.” NKU is poised to take on this responsibility with the primary goal of preparing undergraduates for lives of informed civic engagement, a goal that supports active citizenship and aligns with NKU's strategic plan.