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Consortium News

Double Your Impact

November 15th, 2018|

Thanks to the generosity of the Connolly Family Foundation, donations to the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) will be matched—dollar for dollar—now through Giving Tuesday, up to a total of $20,000. Give now [...]

RFP Deadline Nearing for CST Conference

November 13th, 2018|

The University of Notre Dame, a SHECP member school, will host the 2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference, Option for the Poor: Engaging the Social Tradition, March 21-23, 2019. By assembling experts in Catholic social ethics, the [...]

Connolly Family Foundation Pledges $600,000 to SHECP

October 23rd, 2018|

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) is pleased to announce that it has received a $600,000 charitable commitment from the Connolly Family Foundation to enable the consortium to build capacity and promote [...]


Student Testimonials

This opportunity truly changed my outlook on addiction and poverty in society. I have seen poverty abroad and I have seen poverty in America, but this internship really helped me look at the reasons for how people could become entrenched in a cycle of poverty.

Reny Matthew, Baylor University

During my time at Youth Force, I truly understood the impacts of grassroots campaigns. In a room of teenagers, I was standing around those who are effectively pressuring state government to change their stances on many vital issues.

Andre Ware, Niagara University

My summer as a Shepherd Intern was a great opportunity for me to live out Notre Dame’s poverty studies minor; I learned so much about health insurance and health access in low-income communities and how I hope to practice medicine in the future.

Rachel Tullio, University of Notre Dame

Working with LIFT-Philadelphia personalized the issues of poverty and inequality for me. I couldn’t have fully learned the facts of these issues without having met some of the people who live them every day. Knowing their stories has made me determined to make a difference.

Morgan Whitehead, Centre College