Vice president of corporate social responsibility | Milwaukee Bucks
‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’
By Matthew Desmond
Among recent books exploring issues of poverty, it doesn’t get much closer to home than “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond.
Set in Milwaukee, Evicted tells the story of eight families struggling with eviction – vignettes that paint a broader picture of poverty issues in American cities.
When the book came recommended by Memphis Grizzlies Foundation executive director Diane Terrell, Alicia Dupies, who works in a parallel role for the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, knew it was a must-read for her team. So they read it together.
Dupies walked away with a greater desire and passion to make a difference through the Bucks’ social responsibility initiatives.
“Evicted’s setting in Milwaukee – the community we serve – really helped us understand how intertwined many of our focus areas are,” Dupies said. “We have a greater understanding of the challenges that the children we seek to support face, and how trauma changes how we approach our work.”