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Struggle for Survival 'X-perience' to be Held on OSU Campus

Almost half the world—more than three billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day and are trapped in the cycle of poverty. 

Struggle for Survival participants making paper bags during simulaiton

Struggle for Survival 'X-perience' participants making paper bags during simulation. © Crossroads Foundation

The Crossroads Foundation, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit organization that focuses on serving global need, will host the Struggle for Survival ‘X-perience’ at Oklahoma State University Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall. These high-intensity, 75-minute simulations are designed to show participants the real pressures felt by those living in the cycle of poverty.

Simulation participants will make paper bags out of newspaper and "glue" during several 10-minute periods and try to sell them however they can to the shopkeepers to try to earn enough money to protect their families and pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education, all while battling a corrupt marketplace. 

Following the simulation, the Crossroads staff will be available to discuss opportunities available to make a difference in the world through the Crossroads Foundation with interested students. Information about available scholarships and funding available to OSU students will also be available.

"We are delighted to bring the Crossroads Foundation back to the OSU campus," said Dr. Randy Kluver, dean of the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships. "These simulations provide our students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to see the difficult reality that many people across the globe face daily, and we hope it inspires them to go out and make a difference around the world." 

The Crossroads Foundation hosts these poverty simulations all over the world, including at the annual World Economic Forum held in Switzerland. Multinational corporations, including Microsoft, Facebook and Mercedes-Benz, have also participated. This is the third year the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships has partnered with Crossroads to bring the simulation to the OSU campus.

The simulations are free and open to OSU students, faculty, staff and the public. For more information on the Struggle for Survival ‘X-perience’, visit


There is a commuter silver student lot available just north of the Wes Watkins Center. The Monroe Street Parking Garage is also a great option for students and the public. View available options


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