Auburn alumna to speak on 'Hope for Homes' as part of Auburn University's 'k(no)w poverty?' series

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Auburn alumna Lisa Pierce will give a talk on "Hope for Homes: An Overview of Housing and its Importance in Community Development" as part of the Auburn University Honors College "k(no)w poverty?" lecture series. Pierce, the founder and director of Alabama Rural Ministry, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in Langdon Hall.

The "k(no)w poverty?" series gives members of the community a chance to discuss issues relevant to poverty in the community, region, state and world. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Campus Food Pantry.

Pierce, originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1995. She joined the University of West Alabama's Wesley Foundation in 1996 and in 1998 founded the Alabama Rural Ministry. In 2001, Pierce moved back to the Auburn-Opelika area in order to operate Alabama Rural Ministry out of Lee County.

She has been in the Alabama National Guard for 24 years and is a lieutenant colonel serving as a battalion commander in Huntsville. Pierce received a master's degree in counseling and psychology at the University of West Alabama and is now pursuing a master's degree in Christian leadership through Asbury Seminary in Orlando.

The Honors College "k(no)w poverty?" lecture series supports the Auburn University land-grant mission and includes a variety of speakers over the semester. Other speakers in the series will include Conner Bailey and Michelle Worosz of Auburn's Department of Agricultural Economics and Sociology and Rusty Smith of Auburn's Rural Studio.

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