Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law, discusses his work as senior adviser for opportunity to increase academic achievement and reduce poverty through Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney's new education compact.

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"We have to understand poverty as a specific barrier that we can understand and we can try to reduce, but we can try to unpack and mitigate some of the ways that it impacts child development and learning."

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"We want to put in place for as many children as possible those support services that offset some of the impacts of trauma and instability in children's lives. But we want to do more than that; we want to reduce the instability and the trauma itself by reducing poverty, so that's where the Community Wealth-Building strategy that Mayor Stoney has embraced and is seeking to expand comes in..."

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Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law
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