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A Message from Harlan Beckley, Executive Director, SHECP

By | 2017-10-30T12:02:57+00:00 October 30th, 2017|

As I near the end of my twenty years with the Shepherd Program at Washington and Lee, its intern Alliance that included Berea College, and the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium Poverty, I am increasingly convinced of the need for this movement focused on sustained poverty studies within higher education and of its potential to help [...]

SHECP Class of 2017 Sets Record, Wins Praise from Partners

By | 2017-10-27T15:46:07+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

2017 was a record-setting year for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. Under the direction of Internship Director Amy K. DeHart in collaboration with twenty member institutions, SHECP placed 120 students—a twenty percent increase from 2016. The eight-week program enables students, through the support of their institutions and SHECP, to work within poverty-challenged communities [...]

SHECP Welcomes New Member, Manchester University, to Consortium

By | 2017-10-27T14:13:58+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

The Shepherd Consortium (SHECP) is pleased to welcome its newest member, Manchester University (MU), to membership. Located in North Manchester, Indiana, MU sits in a rural part of the state, in a community of 6,000. With a student body of 1,300, nearly 30 percent of Manchester’s students arrive to campus as first-generation students. Katharine Gray [...]

2017 SHECP Symposium Speaker Videos are Now Available

By | 2017-10-17T16:12:11+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

2017 SHECP Symposium speaker videos are now available at for the speakers and discussions during the 2017 SHECP Symposium on “Criminal Justice Poverty and Race.” The event was held at the Virginia Military Institute Center for Leadership and Ethics on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Lexington, Virginia.  Speakers and discussion are: Paul Butler, Albert [...]

He Too is a Son

By | 2017-09-18T09:01:25+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

Working at Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC), a homeless outreach non-profit, in New York City this summer elicited two different responses from most people I encountered.  On one hand I heard, “Awe, that is so nice and sweet.”, and on the other I was told, “You’re either stupid or brave.”  Both comments made me slightly cringe [...]

Wealth Inequality in the Big Apple

By | 2017-09-05T11:34:22+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

This summer I interned at the Bowery Residents Committee in New York City. Every morning I would wake up at 4:30, throw on my jeans and sneakers, and double-check that my orange BRC polo was in my backpack. My cohort and I would rush to get to the Flatbush subway station by 4:50, sometimes running [...]

The Power of Empowerment: Exploring My Work with Agape Youth and Family Center

By | 2017-09-04T09:09:34+00:00 September 4th, 2017|

Children yearn to feel empowered, a theory I developed and observed during the summer of 2017.  From June 5 to July 28, I interned at Agape Youth and Family Center, a non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout the schoolyear and summer, Agape works with hundreds of families in the local area who come from [...]

Integrative Healthcare: How HIV Taught Me about Medicine, Patients, and Poverty

By | 2017-08-28T09:24:28+00:00 August 28th, 2017|

I walked into the doors of the Cone Health Regional Center for Infectious Disease in Greensboro, North Carolina basically clueless. I knew little about what my summer would look like or even what kinds of patients I would encounter. I was anxious to see how the patients and the staff at the clinic accepted me.  [...]

Shepherd Consortium Elects New Officers and Council Members

By | 2017-08-10T10:37:13+00:00 August 10th, 2017|

Shepherd Consortium Elects New Officers and Council Members and Governing Board Chair Appoints Committee Chairs The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty elected new officers, members of the Governing Board, and at-large representatives to its Council at a Council meeting on July 29. The new officers are: Rebecca Todd Peters, Elon University, Chair of the [...]

Millsaps College Selected as SHECP Academic Home; Rolph Named Academic Director

By | 2017-05-01T08:10:17+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

Millsaps College Selected as SHECP Academic Home; Rolph Named Academic Director Following a competitive application process, Millsaps College has been selected as the new academic home of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). Established at Washington and Lee University in 1998 as the “Shepherd Poverty Alliance,” a poverty studies program, SHECP has grown [...]

Poverty Studies Students will Prepare for Internships at Marymount University

By | 2017-04-24T12:13:35+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

Poverty Studies Students to Prepare for Summer Internships at Marymount University. Lexington, VA -- The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) announced today a record group of one-hundred twenty (120) students have been selected to serve as  Shepherd Interns for summer 2017. The interns, who represent twenty SHECP Member-colleges, will participate in the two-day  Frueauff Opening Conference at Marymount [...]

What I Learned about Poverty in Eastern Kentucky and How it can be Reduced

By | 2017-01-25T10:52:28+00:00 January 25th, 2017|

The idea of the began with Reverend Ralph W. Beiting, a Roman Catholic priest born and raised in northern Kentucky. He was the oldest of eleven and grew up during the Great Depression, implying that he was no stranger to financial need. At one point during his priesthood, he embarked on several preaching trips alongside [...]

Kappa Alpha Order supports SHECP

By | 2017-01-20T14:11:12+00:00 January 20th, 2017|

SHECP would like to thank the Kappa Alpha Order for the generous donation of office space within their National Administrative Offices in Lexington, Virginia.   Kappa Alpha’s support for SHECP is congruent with their mission to be a moral compass for the modern gentleman. SHECP Executive Director Harlan Beckley stated, "SHECP is a nonprofit organization with a small budget [...]

UpLIFTing: Emphasizing Individuality and Dignity in Washington, DC.

By | 2017-01-11T15:22:08+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

(LIFT is a national anti-poverty non-profit devoted to empowering families to break the cycle of poverty. This summer I was a Community Advocate in the Washington, DC branch. Pseudonyms are used in this essay). "We had a saying: “Members are the experts of their own lives.” This reinforced the model that our meetings were [...]

Children in Poverty Can Thrive!

By | 2017-01-10T09:34:49+00:00 January 10th, 2017|

I interned this summer with the Kanawha County Extension Office in West Virginia. I worked with the 4-H Positive Youth Development Program and Education Elevators, an organization founded in the area. These organizations strive to provide a positive and safe learning environment for children of all backgrounds. I had the privilege of being a camp [...]

Building Rapport: A Personal Approach to Homelessness in NYC

By | 2017-01-03T10:42:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|

The office of the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) is in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, and their clients are in the elevators, on the sidewalk and under the scaffolding. N.Y.P.D. officers smiled at my fellow Shepherd intern and me as we set off the metal detectors with impunity, every morning. The eight-story office held four [...]

Special Message from the SHECP Executive Director, Harlan Beckley

By | 2016-11-30T15:58:42+00:00 November 30th, 2016|

Perhaps I should not be surprised that several SHECP alumni and friends have written since the November election to tell me how important poverty studies has been for them and will be for future students.  Persons with different political and policy views are concerned with the low level of the electoral discussions, often with little [...]

The Reality of Health Care and Urban Poverty

By | 2016-11-01T10:29:13+00:00 November 1st, 2016|

So others might eat. This summer was about doing everything in my power so that the low-income of our nation’s capital might live a better life. At S.O.M.E., we give our clients many of the tools they need to break the cycle of homelessness and lead a better life, e.g. food, clothing, shelter, therapy, addiction [...]

Poverty Studies Graduate Publishes in the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP Voices

By | 2016-10-26T09:47:00+00:00 October 26th, 2016|

Elizabeth Lidinsky Donahoo, MD, recently published “Step Outside the Office to Understand Healthier Lifestyles” on AAP Voices website as part of its FACE Poverty campaign.  The essay focuses on removing barriers to good nutrition for children from vulnerable families.  Beth, a pediatrician practicing in Lutherville, Maryland worked with a group of medical residents to create [...]

In Search of Justice: My Summer at Public Defender Service

By | 2016-10-17T10:39:10+00:00 October 17th, 2016|

During the winter break of my sophomore year, I buried myself in books, podcasts, and online articles concerning criminal justice reform. In particular, reading Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” and Sister Helen Prejean’s “The Death of Innocents” opened my eyes to the grave injustices taking place within our legal system. As I learned more about our [...]

An Education on Trust

By | 2016-10-17T15:55:48+00:00 October 17th, 2016|

The West End of Louisville has a median household income of $21,733. There are five supermarkets, one coffee shop, and twenty-four liquor stores (Crutcher, 2013). In June 2016, the living wage calculation for Jefferson County, Kentucky for a family of five with one working adult was $25.76/hour. 59% of children live in poverty (Cabbage Patch [...]

At the Nexus of Education and Poverty

By | 2016-09-21T12:40:15+00:00 September 20th, 2016|

Mr. Masters interned with The Parks & People Foundation’s SuperKids Camp (Baltimore, MD) in the summer of 2015.  A native of Dallas, Texas, Jaziah is a currently senior at Baylor University.  A political science major, he plans on pursuing a public service fellowship before enrolling in graduate school. My passion for education sparked early.  My [...]

The U.S. Can Do More to Support Tapestri and Immigrant Women

By | 2016-09-21T12:41:26+00:00 September 20th, 2016|

My summer was spent working with immigrant and refugee victims of domestic violence with Tapestri, Inc. Tapestri has a long history with the Shepherd Consortium. My internship differed from previous interns because my supervisor became a BIA Accredited Representative. A BIA Accredited Representative allows organizations helping immigrants to practice immigration law without passing the bar [...]

Cleveland Clinic features SHECP interns in publication

By | 2016-09-18T15:35:47+00:00 September 8th, 2016|

Students Commit to Poverty Education-  Eight-week program immerses students in disadvantaged communities For eight weeks this past summer, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLC) hosted four students who interned at Cleveland Clinic as part of their academic studies around poverty. Elizabeth Heller and Amanda Smith worked at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center, located in [...]

My Part in a Noble Task: Reflections of an Attorney Case Support Intern

By | 2016-09-21T12:58:47+00:00 September 7th, 2016|

As I walk into an attorney room at the Guilford County Jail, files and notepad in hand, a man in an orange jumpsuit is already seated on the other side of the glass waiting for me. As our eyes meet, I pick up on the uncertainty on Harry Blankenship’s face (the defendant’s name has been [...]

Financial Stability: An Attainable Goal for All

By | 2016-09-21T13:01:47+00:00 September 6th, 2016|

By Taylor Banaszewski This summer I worked at Foundation Communities, a non-profit in Austin, Texas where I promoted financial stability by working in their financial coaching office. Foundation Communities began in 1990 in order to provide affordable housing. It currently has 19 housing communities (and is growing) throughout Austin and North Texas. Foundation Communities provides [...]

Our Nation’s Hottest Spot

By | 2016-09-07T12:28:52+00:00 September 6th, 2016|

By Zosia Zdanowicz, University of Notre Dame Camden is under a microscope as a city: ranked as one of the top three most dangerous and poorest cites in the country, many organizations are kind-heartedly attempting to help the city and its residents. However, the residents of Camden are becoming more and more aware of the [...]

Cura Personalis: A Holistic Approach to Middle School Education

By | 2016-09-05T09:40:41+00:00 September 5th, 2016|

By Zachary Taylor, Washington and Lee University In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five Dallas police officers killed at a Black Lives Matter protest in early July 2016, the school counselors at Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA), where Black and Hispanic students constitute the entirety of the student population, [...]

The external causes of inequality

By | 2016-09-02T11:39:06+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|

By Joe Pettit.  Dr. Pettit is an associate professor of religious studies at Morgan State University.  This Opinion-Editorial appeared in The Baltimore on September 1, 2016 - the first few paragraphs are reprinted with permission from the editor. Whether the issue is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest, the demands of the [...]

Combining Classroom and Community Engagement to Expand Opportunities for Women and Children

By | 2016-09-21T12:43:45+00:00 September 1st, 2016|

By Kara Karcher "In both my undergraduate work and my work as a bilingual teacher, I have seen the impact our country’s legal systems can have for better or worse on underrepresented populations," writes Karcher, who enters University of Texas School of Law in fall 2016. My first exposure to the Shepherd Program [...]

The Quality Metrics of an Accountable Care Organization

By | 2016-09-01T16:52:38+00:00 September 1st, 2016|

By Elizabeth Heller, Berea College Abstract - This paper uses findings from five journals to demonstrate the significance of quality metrics in healthcare. It also highlights the challenges faced in the process of reviewing, analyzing, and compiling the quality metrics of an accountable care organization. In particular, it showcases challenges experienced during an eight-week internship [...]

Georgia Governor to open Childhood Literacy Symposium

By | 2016-07-28T00:47:20+00:00 July 23rd, 2016|

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to open Childhood Literacy as a Public Health & Economic Imperative Symposium on July 30th The focus of the event will be the vital role education plays in closing the opportunity gap for children and their parents Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will offer opening remarks at the Childhood Literacy as a Public [...]

Poverty Studies Deepen Knowledge and Commitments

By | 2016-09-21T12:44:50+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|

By Farai Musariri Mr. Musarir is a native of Gweru, Zimbabwe. He is an alumnus of Hendrix College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, and with distinction in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in 2016. He is currently based in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he does oncology research at St Bernards Medical Center.   I remember [...]

Marymount University hosts 2016 Frueauff Opening Conference

By | 2016-05-31T12:44:33+00:00 May 4th, 2016|

6 May 2016, Arlington, VA - More than 100 Shepherd Interns will gather at Marymount University (Main Campus) in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, 3 June to prepare for their eight-week internships across the U.S. The two-day Frueauff Opening Conference for Shepherd Interns will, "provide interns with an approach to their internship that will maximize their education [...]

Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP Honors Tom and Nancy Shepherd

By | 2016-05-03T13:14:02+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|

Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP Honors Tom and Nancy Shepherd Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston, where Tom Shepherd worked for twelve years as a Managing Director, has contributed $50,000 to the Shepherd Consortium in Tom’s memory to honor the Shepherds. The contribution recognizes “all the good work they have done for so many people [...]

Poverty Studies as the Cornerstone and Foundation for a Life of Service in Medicine

By | 2016-09-21T13:11:54+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|

In the chaos and uncertainty of a new life in a new country, medicine – in its most compassionate and humanistic form – was at the center of my family’s experience. I was 6 years old when my family escaped Yugoslavia’s violent Civil War with two suitcases in hand and not a word of English [...]

Childhood Literacy Symposium – Registration Now Open

By | 2016-07-28T00:51:12+00:00 April 28th, 2016|

April 28, 2016 - Registration is now open for the 30 July, "Childhood Literacy as a Public Health and Economic Imperative: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Do?" To register, click here. The Consortium is partnering with the Atlanta Speech School to offer the 2016 Symposium, which will take place on [...]

A Long Lesson in Closing Doors

By | 2016-09-21T13:14:45+00:00 April 27th, 2016|

Ms Wilson graduated from Washington and Lee (2006) after completing a large amount of coursework in Poverty Studies and earning a degree in Economics. Before leaving Washington and Lee, Ingrid worked to bring the Campus Kitchens Project to the W&L campus and the program operates today. Those experiences were the beginning of Ingrid's lifelong pursuit [...]

An Embodiment of Empathy: How My Poverty Studies Internship Connected Me to Others

By | 2016-09-21T13:15:45+00:00 April 25th, 2016|

By Shelby Smith Ms. Smith graduated from Elon University in 2015 with a major in Public Health Studies and a minor in Psychology. She works currently lives in Greensboro, NC and works as a Human Service Planner and Evaluator in maternal and child health at the Alamance County Health Department and plans to attend graduate [...]

Middlebury College seeks to Hire two AmeriCorps VISTAs for 2016/2017

By | 2016-04-15T15:46:57+00:00 April 15th, 2016|

Middlebury College Office of Community Engagement is in the process of recruiting and eventually hiring two AmeriCorps VISTAs for the upcoming 2016/2017 year. "Shepherd Interns from across the country are highly equipped with knowledge and experience in areas of poverty alleviation," writes Ellie  Bacon, Wooster College and Shepherd Intern alumna. "I, myself, was a Shepherd [...]

SHECP Mourns the Passing of Thomas R. Shepherd

By | 2016-04-05T10:56:41+00:00 March 21st, 2016|

Thomas R.  Shepherd, who with his wife, the Reverend Nancy Shepherd, was the founding benefactor and longtime supporter for the Shepherd Poverty Program at Washington and Lee University and key supporter and nurturer in initiating the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty in 2011, died on Saturday, March 19.  Tom had been suffering from a [...]

How Studying Poverty Turned Me into a Social Justice Advocate

By | 2016-09-21T13:31:26+00:00 March 10th, 2016|

By Citlaly Mora Ms. Mora graduated from Elon University in January 2016. She majored in International Studies with minors in Poverty and Social Justice, Peace and Conflict Studies, Latin American Studies, and Political Science. She works as Women’s Resource Center Manager in the YWCA of High Point. She serves on the Social Justice Committee of [...]

The Impact of Interdisciplinary Poverty Studies

By | 2016-09-21T13:40:51+00:00 March 8th, 2016|

By Lacy McAlister Ms. McAlister graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Poverty and Human Capability. She currently lives in Washington D.C. and works for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focusing on reading proficiency for low-income children. " After taking the introductory [...]

The Pursuit of Health for Individuals, Communities, and Nations

By | 2016-09-21T13:42:47+00:00 March 6th, 2016|

By Cristin Quinn Fritz Dr. Fritz is in her first year of pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where she earned her MD as well as a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Global Health. She graduated from Washington and Lee in 2010 with a Bachelors [...]

Investing in our Future by Increasing Opportunities for All

By | 2016-09-21T13:44:26+00:00 March 5th, 2016|

By Emily Darling Ms. Darling graduated from Washington and Lee University (W&L) in 2011 with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Poverty and Human Capability. After graduation, she moved to Houston, Texas for an Elrod (post-graduate) Fellowship with Genesys Works and currently works in development at Rice University. "Every student, regardless [...]

A Spark that Can Ignite Many Fires for Justice

By | 2016-09-21T13:45:37+00:00 March 4th, 2016|

By Ethan Bishop-Watt Ethan Bishop-Watt graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in May 2015. He is now a staff attorney in the Sexual Assault Unit of Lone Star Legal Aid, working with survivors of sexual assault to [...]

From Volunteer Service as a Nice Pastime to Career Pathways That Diminish Poverty

By | 2016-09-21T13:46:39+00:00 February 25th, 2016|

I was already a service-minded individual when I took my first courses with the Shepherd program. I had extensive volunteering experience in high school, but really only viewed community service as an extracurricular activity or a pastime. After participating in the SHECP for the past three years, I am now a service-minded individual with purpose, [...]

Poverty Studies Can and Should Transform Institutions as Well as Students

By | 2016-09-21T13:47:35+00:00 February 24th, 2016|

By Gregory Pleasants Mr. Pleasants graduated from Washington and Lee with a degree in Philosophy and Spanish in 2000. From 2000-2003, he worked and volunteered in Latin America, including with Amigos de las Américas and Casa Alianza Nicaragua. From 2003-2004, he served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Los Angeles, California. From 2004-2007 he earned his [...]

Charting a Career Path through Service

By | 2016-04-06T09:43:25+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|

By Rachel Sommer Ms. Sommer earned a B.A. in international studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Most recently, she has worked as a hospital chaplain and in communications for a non-profit focusing on international disaster relief and sustainable community development. Rachel will begin law school in New York [...]

Effectively Diminishing Poverty Requires Both the Heart and the Head

By | 2016-02-22T10:49:28+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|

By Rob Turner Mr. Turner graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2002 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. He also completed a M.A. in Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary, with a thesis entitled Faithful Witnesses: the Lives and Theologies of Oscar Romero and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He has worked at the Catholic Action Center (Lexington, [...]

Poverty Is the Same Everywhere: A Legal Trap

By | 2016-02-21T14:11:58+00:00 February 21st, 2016|

By Husam Nasser Mr. Nasser works as a loan officer at the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.  He graduated from Berea College in May 2014 with a major in Mathematics with minor in Physics and Business Administration.  He was born in Aden Yemen and grew up in Damascus, Syria. Before attending Berea he completed high [...]

How I Was Awakened to Systematic Injustices in Healthcare and Public Health

By | 2016-02-20T10:46:10+00:00 February 20th, 2016|

By Markus Creachbaum Mr. Creachbaum earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from John Carroll University in 2015. Stepping outside of his comfort zone he travelled to the other side of the country to the arid dessert of Klagetoh, AZ where he interned on the Navajo Nation Reservation. In the coming academic school year he will [...]

The Medically Underserved: A Lesson in Humility

By | 2016-02-19T11:06:05+00:00 February 19th, 2016|

By Christopher Martin Blackwell Mr. Blackwell graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Poverty and Human Capability. After graduation, Christopher worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. He is now a first-year medical student at Marshall University in Huntington, [...]

Journey to America: Understanding Poverty

By | 2016-02-17T11:05:33+00:00 February 17th, 2016|

By Deeksha Prakash Ms. Prakash graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2002 with a BA in Politics. She has worked in philanthropy, the non-profit sector, and the private sector, and currently works on strategy and research for Philanthropy Futures, a strategic advisory firm partnering with philanthropists and non-profit leaders to create positive social change. [...]

How My Poverty Studies Internship Instilled a Lifelong Practice of Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

By | 2016-02-17T11:17:00+00:00 February 13th, 2016|

By Kelly Nichols Ms. Nichols received her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University with a major in English in 2000. From 2001-2003, she returned to her alma mater as Intern Director for the Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability. She received a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the [...]

Scaling Up: From Direct Service to Systems Analysis in Health Equity

By | 2016-02-09T15:39:48+00:00 February 9th, 2016|

By Michael White "How could our government institutions, meant to act as a safety net for the most vulnerable among us, actively work against our collective well-being?" writes White (W&L 2010). My Shepherd breakthrough moment happened, as it has for many of us, in the classroom. But it wasn’t in the hallowed halls [...]

We Have So Much to Bring, But so Much to Learn

By | 2016-02-09T11:04:23+00:00 February 9th, 2016|

By Alice Matthai Ms. Matthai is Academic and College Success Coordinator at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore.  She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 with an Anthropology major and Poverty and Human Capability minor. "...struggles like these that allowed me to learn the valuable lesson that we, as those trying to help, [...]

From Emotive Responses to Effective Responses Informed by Law and Data Analysis

By | 2016-02-08T10:06:06+00:00 February 8th, 2016|

By Robyn Konkel Ms. Konkel is a Senior Attorney-Adviser at the Social Security Administration, where she has worked since September 2010. She graduated with a BA in Public Policy from Washington and Lee University in 2005, and completed concentrations in Poverty Studies and Women’s Studies. Afterwards, she completed an MPP at the University of Michigan [...]

How Understanding Poverty Changed My Perspective on Flourishing

By | 2016-02-08T10:26:44+00:00 February 4th, 2016|

By Caitlin Schuman Ms. Schuman graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2012 with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Poverty and Human Capability Studies and German. Through the Poverty Studies program, she interned at Bethesda Hospice and Children’s Home in George, South Africa , providing home-based nursing care to end-stage AIDS, tuberculosis, and [...]

Poverty Studies and Finance: A Contradiction?

By | 2016-02-04T08:23:00+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|

By Jaclyn Smith Ms. Smith works in the investment management industry, previously in institutional business development for a public equities manager, and most recently as a member of an investment consultant team at a multi-family office.  She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2011 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in [...]

A Framework for “Higher Thinking”: My Experience with the Shepherd Poverty Program

By | 2016-02-09T10:17:03+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|

By Laura Berry Ms. Berry currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and works for Hunton & Williams, LLP in their pro bono partnership with the University of Virginia School of Law.   She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Poverty and Human Capability. Laura [...]

W&L Administrator Recognized as 2015-16 Bonner Foundation National Fellow

By | 2016-02-02T10:37:16+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|

“Being a fellow has offered me the opportunity to exploremy personal and professional development in new ways,” say Charley, Bonner Program Coordinator, W&L. Marisa Charley, Coordinator of Student Service Leadership and Research at Washington & Lee University, has been recognized by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation as one of ten 2015-2016 Bonner Fellows [...]

On Celebrating Discomfort

By | 2016-02-01T16:08:28+00:00 February 1st, 2016|

By Casey Morrison Ms. Morrison is a Public Health major at Elon University with minors in Poverty Studies and Anthropology. She is passionate about international issues, education, and linguistics, and will be teaching English in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps following her graduation in May 2016. The best-kept secret of intercultural communication is that you [...]

Indefensible: The State Of Indigent Defense In The Era of Mass Incarceration

By | 2016-02-01T15:11:39+00:00 February 1st, 2016|

by Christopher Stella Mr. Stella is a second year law student, pursuing his Juris Doctor at Elon University School of Law with an anticipated graduation date of May 2017. Christopher graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. "This prosecutorial process, coupled with [...]

Be a Champion of Liberty

By | 2016-02-01T12:08:23+00:00 February 1st, 2016|

By  Annie Zhang Ms. Zhang is a first year law student at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  In 2013, she graduated with a degree in Economics and minors in Poverty and Human Capabilities and Philosophy from Washington and Lee University. Following graduation from W&L, Ms. Zhang was a post-graduate fellow at Linden [...]

The Trap: Making Over a Community That Is Confined By Crime

By | 2016-03-07T09:01:10+00:00 February 1st, 2016|

By Brianna Cunningham, Bucknell University (2016) For the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to intern with the United States Probation Office of Camden, New Jersey. This office is a vital component of our criminal justice system. The Probation Office oversees offenders who are on supervised provision. In addition, the officers assist the judge [...]

Learning from True Immersion

By | 2016-01-29T08:08:42+00:00 January 29th, 2016|

By Margaret Hutchison Ms. Hutchison is currently a Resident Minister at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. She graduated from John Carroll in 2014 with degrees in Economics and Theology/Religious Studies. Following graduation she spent a year teaching English to girls 18-23 at a vocational school in Cambodia through the Salesian Lay Missioners. [...]

Diversity and Disappointment

By | 2016-01-28T11:38:18+00:00 January 28th, 2016|

By Anna King, Hendrix 2017 When I scrolled through the list of Shepherd internships, Vermont Works for Women (VWW) stood out to me. Their mission to help women become economically independent resonated with me as an organization that seemed successful, welcoming, and inspiring. I was thrilled to learn that I would be spending my summer [...]

The Fine Print of “Universal” Healthcare

By | 2016-01-25T14:06:42+00:00 January 25th, 2016|

By Cameron Lee, Washington and Lee University (2017) “¿Puedo confiar en ti?” This expression, meaning “Can I trust you?” in Spanish, took me aback when a patient asked me during the first new patient screening that I conducted at CrossOver Ministry. While it was a question that I had subconsciously expected during my work at [...]

A Journey to Social Work: the connection between mental health and poverty

By | 2016-01-25T11:26:58+00:00 January 25th, 2016|

By Ashley Trice. Ms. Trice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has has a private practice working with adolescents and adults in Durham, North Carolina.  She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduate school and earning her LCSW, she worked in community mental [...]

How The Shepherd Program Shaped My Medical Career

By | 2016-01-25T10:06:16+00:00 January 25th, 2016|

By Kelli Jarrell Ms. Jarrell is completing her fourth and final year at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. She plans to specialize in emergency medicine and is eagerly (but anxiously) awaiting Match Day in March 2016 when she will learn where she will spend the next few years for residency. She graduated [...]

How Poverty Studies Helped Me Realize the Scope of Healthcare Needs in America

By | 2016-01-24T12:28:41+00:00 January 24th, 2016|

By Grace Barnett Ms. Barnett attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She spent the next year working at an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic in rural Georgia.  She is a 2011 graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology [...]

Lasting Lessons from the Delta

By | 2016-01-26T09:27:22+00:00 January 23rd, 2016|

By Katie Jarrell Ms. Jarrell is currently a second-year pharmacy student at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation in 2018, she hopes to become a community pharmacist, with an emphasis on patient counseling in her career. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and [...]

Finding Career Success with a Passion for Civic Service

By | 2016-01-22T10:13:39+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|

By Ellen Stauffer Ms. Stauffer is the Assistant Director of Development, Special Events, for the research and advocacy non-profit organization, CHILDREN AT RISK. Prior to working at CHILDREN AT RISK, Ms. Stauffer was a 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at YES Prep Public Schools. Ms. Stauffer grew up in Thomasville, Georgia and majored in Art [...]

Choice and Capability

By | 2016-01-21T11:40:38+00:00 January 21st, 2016|

By Camie Carlock Ms. Carlock graduated in 2013 from Washington and Lee University, where she majored in Politics and minored in Poverty & Human Capability Studies. After working in Washington, D.C. for two years with the National Association of Attorneys General, she returned to Texas for law school. She is currently in her first year [...]

From Passion for Justice to Lawyering for the Justice Department

By | 2016-01-21T11:12:17+00:00 January 21st, 2016|

By Alice Shih LaCour Ms. Shih LaCour is a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. She graduated with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Poverty and Human Capabilities from Washington and Lee University in 2008. She then received her J.D. at Yale Law School in 2012. Following law school, she clerked [...]

An Education of High Expectations

By | 2016-01-20T11:13:06+00:00 January 20th, 2016|

By Daniel F. Murray Mr. Murray (Washington and Lee University '13) majored in English and minored in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. After being placed in Newark through Teach for America, Danny Murray is a third year 8th English teacher at his placement school, North Star Academy Vailsburg Middle School. Danny is also a Curriculum [...]

A Transformed Worldview

By | 2016-01-20T11:25:25+00:00 January 20th, 2016|

By Crighton Allen Mr. Allen is an associate with the Atlanta law firm Hall Booth Smith, P.C. where he assists in the defense of high-exposure cases in a variety of practice areas, including catastrophic injury, product liability, wrongful death, trucking, professional negligence & malpractice, and construction. Mr. Allen grew up in Thomasville, GA and majored [...]

Translating Knowledge into Practice

By | 2016-01-19T09:55:20+00:00 January 19th, 2016|

By Alvin G. Thomas Mr. Thomas is a second-year Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) student at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research explores the intersection of global health delivery and technology with a focus on HIV care and prevention. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 [...]

Lawyering for Change

By | 2016-01-18T10:30:04+00:00 January 18th, 2016|

By Angelica Tillander Ms. Tillander is in her second year of law school at Columbia Law School in New York. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 with dual majors in American History and Politics and a minor in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. At Columbia, she is on the board of the [...]

How Poverty Studies Can Shape a Career in Finance and Civic Engagement

By | 2016-01-15T10:28:15+00:00 January 15th, 2016|

By Katie Harris Ms. Harris is pursuing Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard Business School, expected graduation in May 2016.  She has worked as an Investment Banking Analyst, Deutsche Bank (2010 - 2012) and as a Private Equity Associate, Wellspring Capital Management (2012 - 2014).  She graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and [...]

There and Back Again

By | 2016-01-15T09:49:12+00:00 January 15th, 2016|

By Amanda Green Amanda graduated with a degree in Business and a minor in Environmental Studies from Washington and Lee in 2006. After college, she served full term as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga, worked as a consultant in international development and then in 2012 earned an MSc from the Royal [...]

What I Learned in the City of Hope

By | 2016-01-13T11:00:28+00:00 January 13th, 2016|

By Ash Smith, University of Notre Dame (2017). Driving into Manchester, Kentucky, I read a roadside billboard: “City of Hope.” Here lies hope of the American Dream – the idea that anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, no matter the quicksand of severe structural obstacles those boots may be stuck in. During my [...]

Learning Curves

By | 2016-01-12T14:20:50+00:00 January 12th, 2016|

By Daniel Grear. Mr. Grear graduated from Hendrix College in May of 2015 with a degree in English Literature & Creative Writing. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he works for City Year. In the future, he hopes to become a high school English teacher. After being accepted into the Shepherd Consortium on Poverty, [...]

Breaking out of Comfort Zones

By | 2016-01-12T09:52:55+00:00 January 12th, 2016|

By Jennie Pollard. Ms Pollard is Project Director, Office of Violence Against Women STEP Grant, Berea College Partners for Education.  She earned her MSW from University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, 2012, and her BA in Child and Family Studies with a Minor in Sociology from Berea College in 2010.  I grew [...]

The Poor are Just Like Me

By | 2016-01-11T09:48:34+00:00 January 11th, 2016|

By Jason Hahn. Mr Hahn was one of the inaugural students in the Shepherd Poverty Program in 1998-1999. After he graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1999 he served in the Peace Corps in Niger for two and a half years before becoming a Foreign Service Officer. Jason completed an MBA from the University [...]

Called to Serve?: Jump In (heart first) and Make Your Mark

By | 2016-01-06T09:46:12+00:00 January 6th, 2016|

By Danielle Breidung Ms. Breidung graduated from Washington and Lee University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology as well as minors in Poverty and Human Capability Studies and Environmental Studies. She has since worked as an international business consultant in the Brazilian Amazon, completed a Master of Education in [...]