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Understanding & Diminishing Poverty


Events & Additional Resources

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Aid Our Mission

Our Mission

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) encourages the study of poverty as a complex social problem, by expanding and improving educational opportunities for college students in a wide range of disciplines and career trajectories. Through its programs, SHECP and its member institutions prepare students for a lifetime of professional and civic efforts to diminish poverty and enhance human capability, while also supporting connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni engaged in the study of poverty.


Amazing Opportunities

SHECP provides unique programming through direct educational opportunities such as the Summer Internship Program, networking and collaboration opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and a range of events featuring professionals and experts from within and outside the Consortium.

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Happy group of diverse happy students


Hands-On Education

SHECP coordinates and supports an eight-week Summer Internship Program where cohorts of interns live together and work full-time with community partners engaged in anti-poverty work.


Make a Difference

We believe that through classroom study and experiential learning opportunities, future professionals learn how their work and civic activity can help diminish poverty and enhance human capability and our work would not be possible without supporters like you. 

Happy female students

The hope was and is that graduates understand how any career and many areas of civic and politic leadership and involvement impact poverty and can have a role in diminishing it.

Dr. Harlan Beckley

Founder of SHECP

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