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Refugees Are Not the Problem, We Are

By |2018-08-21T09:42:30-05:00August 20th, 2018|

65.5 million. One person out of every 113 people in the world. These statistics represent the number of people who have experienced forcible removal and displacement from their home countries. They leave their homelands out of a deep and well-founded fear for their lives, leaving their families and livelihoods behind. Most of these refugees dream [...]

Nothing like a Password: Trial and Resilience in the American Asylum System

By |2018-08-21T09:43:27-05:00August 17th, 2018|

“We shouldn’t be hiring judges by the thousands, as our ridiculous immigration laws demand, we should be changing our laws, building the Wall, hire Border Agents and Ice and not let people come into our country based on the legal phrase they are told to say as their password.”  - Donald J. Trump, June 21, [...]

New Insight

By |2018-08-21T09:47:41-05:00August 14th, 2018|

“Ending toxic relationships since ‘08,” could very well be one of Judge David Matia’s most common sayings, ever since his Drug Court dockets began. Each Thursday there are two dockets that run - one at 9:30 in the morning, and another at 1:30 in the afternoon. On any given day, these sessions include a combination [...]

SHECP Names First-Ever Communications Director

By |2018-06-14T15:06:51-05:00June 6th, 2018|

LEXINGTON, VA.—The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Kille as its first-ever communications director. Kille brings more than two decades of nonprofit communications and leadership experience to the new role, where he will work closely with the executive director to develop, plan and execute a comprehensive [...]

Morash Remembers the Fallen

By |2018-05-29T11:13:01-05:00May 29th, 2018|

Remarks as delivered by Brett Morash, Ph.D., Memorial Day 2018, New Rochelle, New York. Thank you Mayor It is quite an honor to be here today representing those who have and continue to serve in uniform. I want to thank everyone for coming here today with a special thanks to: Mayor Noam Bramson, I wanted [...]

Beckley addresses “Judgment Mediating Grace”

By |2018-05-31T11:26:36-05:00May 29th, 2018|

Lexington, Virginia (May 23, 2018) - Harlan Beckley, SHECP Founding Director, delivered remarks at the Baccalaureate Ceremony at Washington and Lee University.  The text of his remarks are here: Judgment Mediating Grace           President Dudley, Members of the W&L Administration and the Board of Trustees, fellow Faculty and Staff, Students (especially Seniors and their family [...]

2018 Governing Board & SHECP Council Meetings

By |2018-05-17T12:23:46-05:00May 14th, 2018|

2018 Governing Board & SHECP Council Meetings Thursday, August 2 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Governing Board Meeting (15)* Conference Room to accommodate 15 w/capability of catering set-up for coffee/water, lunch 6:30: Dinner in Cleveland Friday, August 3 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Governing Board Meeting (15)* Conference Room to accommodate 15 w/capability of catering [...]

H.F. Lenfest Fund Awards $250,000 Grant to SHECP

By |2018-05-21T17:58:15-05:00May 7th, 2018|

LEXINGTON, Va., May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) is proud to announce our largest single grant award of $250,000 from the H.F. Lenfest Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation following a recommendation by Mr. H.F. Lenfest. Founded in 2000, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest established the H.F. Lenfest Fund with the objective [...]

Rebecca Todd “Toddie” Peters, Governing Board Chair, Publishes Third Book

By |2018-04-26T14:06:43-05:00April 26th, 2018|

SHECP congratulates Rebecca Todd “Toddie” Peters, 2017-2018 Chair of the SHECP Governing Board, on the recent publication of her third book. In “Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice” (Beacon Press, 2018), Peters writes, “The starting point of our ethical conversation should be women’s lives….” Peters is a professor of religious studies at [...]

Out of Warfare, a Glimmer of Hope

By |2018-02-23T08:26:17-05:00February 23rd, 2018|

When I was 22 years old I found myself off the coast of Somalia, specifically Mogadishu, on my first ship, USS Harlan County (LST 1196), named after the eponymous county in Kentucky. What particularly stunned me about the situation was­­ that food was used as a weapon to keep the population under the control of [...]

SHECP Alum Awarded Internship at Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

By |2018-02-23T08:30:39-05:00February 23rd, 2018|

When Ash Smith selected the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate education, she knew what she was choosing. “I really wanted to go somewhere that shared the kind of mission and values that I do. Notre Dame does a great job of promoting the idea that ‘We’re here to learn, not just to get [...]

A Summer Joining Lives

By |2018-02-21T12:38:54-05:00February 21st, 2018|

I was one of two interns at REMERGE in Atlanta, Georgia, last summer. The REMERGE community sparked within me a deep love of reconciliation, what REMERGE calls “joined lives.” It is almost necessary for you to be there to understand, surrounded by neighbors, fold-up chairs and tables, baked goods, and coffee cups. REMERGE’s term “joining [...]

Impoverished & Incarcerated: The Poor and the Criminal Justice System

By |2018-02-13T08:36:56-05:00February 13th, 2018|

“All are presumed innocent until proven guilty” is a phrase commonly employed when articulating the principles of the American criminal justice system. Unfortunately, reality falls short of this idealistic statement. I spent this summer interning at a public defender’s office in southeastern Kentucky. On my first day of interning with the Department of Public Advocacy [...]

Why We Need Reform: The Baltimore Police

By |2018-02-02T16:52:50-05:00February 2nd, 2018|

*Dannick Kenon’s internship with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore occurred alongside a developing investigation into evidence tampering and corruption charges within the Gun Trace Task Force of the Baltimore Police Department. His reflections represent the complexities of antipoverty work in the midst of broken systems. The Baltimore judicial system literally defines [...]

SHECP earns GuideStar Platinum Seal

By |2018-02-02T16:56:52-05:00February 2nd, 2018|

Lexington, Virginia -- Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress SHECP is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic [...]

Seeing Beyond Labels: Recognizing the Humanity of Marginalized Individuals in Richmond, VA

By |2018-01-30T11:09:39-05:00January 30th, 2018|

Interning at the Health Brigade in Richmond, Virginia expanded my perspective of both poverty and charity by challenging me to see how various factors and situations may interact, creating a vicious cycle of poverty rooted in inadequate access to healthcare. I recall a memorable line on the Health Brigade’s website: “We are committed to serving [...]

University of St. Thomas Houston joins SHECP, becoming the 25th member

By |2018-01-29T10:11:03-05:00January 29th, 2018|

Lexington, VA -- The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) is pleased to welcome its newest and twenty-fifth member, University of St. Thomas Houston (UST). UST is located in a diverse and vibrant urban environment a few minutes away from downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. UST has a student body of over [...]

Healing Homelessness

By |2018-01-17T14:20:31-05:00January 17th, 2018|

My internship at Miriam’s Kitchen (MK) was an experience that I’m still processing. When I arrived, it wasn’t exactly like I thought it would be, but that wasn’t a bad thing. It was an opportunity for me to wrestle and to learn—to let go of expectations and become a case manager through trial by fire, [...]

When Trust Fails the Impoverished: The Real Epidemic

By |2018-01-17T13:36:43-05:00January 17th, 2018|

As I drive down the desolate Kentucky roads in the early summer of 2017 there is no whisper on the radio of an opioid epidemic or of hurricanes that would devastate and capture the attention of the nation just months later. I would soon learn that the narrow and curved roads that weaved far from [...]

Casting the First Stone: (In)Humanity in the Criminal Justice System

By |2018-10-25T16:41:55-05:00January 5th, 2018|

When I first walked into D.C.’s Central Detention Facility, I could hardly contain my excitement. I could not wait to show our client the evidence my partner and I had found. I wanted to prove to him that his case was in capable hands. I now realize my naivety. I worked with several clients [...]

Educating Educators: Battling Illiteracy and Intergenerational Poverty

By |2018-01-04T10:06:21-05:00January 4th, 2018|

George Orwell wrote, “when you are approaching poverty, you make one discovery which outweighs all of the others…the fact that it annihilates the future.” It can be argued that many of the bad decisions children and adolescents experiencing poverty tend to make, such as getting pregnant at a young age, dropping out of school, or [...]

Battling Poverty with Rap: Collaborative Rule Building and Student Agency

By |2018-01-04T09:22:58-05:00January 4th, 2018|

I am not sure what I was expecting this summer when I arrived in Harlem to intern with Harlem Children Zone’s Writing Corps, but whatever notion I had, I am certain that it was bested by my eight weeks as a teaching artist and curriculum collaborator in the lively, successful nonprofit. Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) [...]

Addiction: A Disease Costly to Society

By |2018-01-03T10:11:39-05:00January 3rd, 2018|

Addiction is an issue which crosses racial, gender, socioeconomic, and other imaginable societal lines.  During my time in Cleveland, I interacted with individuals struggling with addiction from all different walks of life. There were those who came to mind instantly: homeless men who lost everything and women forced into prostitution in order to support their [...]

“I pay my debts, why can’t they?”

By |2018-01-04T09:24:54-05:00January 2nd, 2018|

After a long morning at Staten Island’s Civil Courthouse, the attorney for the defense, my mentor, approached the plaintiff’s lawyer with a glint in her eye. It was my first day. “How can you keep doing this?” she demanded, How can you represent these scumbags?” The plaintiff’s attorney shrugged. “I pay my debts. Why can’t [...]

Beautiful and Indispensable Diversity

By |2018-01-02T09:15:44-05:00January 2nd, 2018|

The Americana World Community Center, a non-profit education outreach program in Louisville, KY, allowed me to contribute in educational and enrichment programs in order to reduce summer learning-loss for refugee, immigrant, and economically disadvantaged students. While at Americana, I co-taught fourth and fifth grade students and created weekly STEM, literacy, digital literacy, life skills, leadership, [...]

Knowing Your Neighbors: Reflections on How to Build Diverse Small Business Communities

By |2018-01-02T10:09:32-05:00December 30th, 2017|

During my time in Burlington, Vermont this summer I learned how to be uncomfortable. As a white, American-born woman pursuing a college degree, Vermont wasn’t exactly a place I expected to feel in the minority. Due to my preconceived notions and stereotypes of a majority white, affluent, and progressive population inhabiting Burlington, I was expecting [...]

Privilege and Inequality: Where Theory Meets Reality

By |2017-12-28T15:17:01-05:00December 28th, 2017|

The time has come to be honest: 'privilege’ is a buzzword. I cannot count the instances in which I’ve thrown the term out, whether in medical school applications, in class discussions, or in casual conversations. I’ve somehow come to believe that using the word ‘privilege’ makes me seem worldly, wise beyond my years. I don’t [...]

Creating Opportunities for Children in New Orleans

By |2017-12-26T11:33:49-05:00December 26th, 2017|

Anna’s Place NOLA, a non-profit organization, seeks to improve the lives of citizens living in the Tréme/7th ward of New Orleans. This district is plagued by poverty and violence—both of which Anna’s Place seeks to stop through their children’s program, health outreach, and food bank. I primarily worked in the children’s and the health outreach [...]

The Dehumanizing Nature of the Immigration System: More Than Names on a File

By |2017-12-30T12:55:52-05:00December 8th, 2017|

“I am really sorry to ask these questions. I won’t pretend to know how difficult it must be to answer them,” I reached across the table and put my hand on top of Norma’s in a show of comfort and support. “It is okay,” she smiled through her tears and continued, “I suppose it really [...]

Mick publishes chapter on teaching poverty and mental health through service-learning

By |2017-11-29T08:55:09-05:00November 28th, 2017|

Professor Mick teaches Rhetorics of Gender and Poverty as well as the Capstone for Poverty Studies. She serves on the SHECP Governing Board. SHECP Governing Board Member, Connie Snyder Mick, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, has co-authored, "Service-Learning in Higher Education: Teaching about Poverty and Mental Health." Her co-author is James M. Frabutt, [...]

Traversing the 9th Street Divide: Educational Enrichment for the Children of Louisville

By |2017-11-28T11:04:01-05:00November 28th, 2017|

As we drive down West Hill Street I count the number of foreclosed properties we pass, the boarded-up windows and doors marked with graffiti, reminiscent of the day they were filled with life and purpose. In this neighborhood filled with foreclosed properties, broken roads, and decay all around, where is the good?  I count 24 [...]

A Message from Harlan Beckley, Executive Director, SHECP

By |2017-10-30T12:02:57-05:00October 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 |2017-10-27T15:46:07-05:00October 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 |2017-10-27T14:13:58-05:00October 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 |2017-10-17T16:12:11-05:00October 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 |2017-09-18T09:01:25-05:00September 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 |2017-09-05T11:34:22-05:00September 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 |2017-09-04T09:09:34-05:00September 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 |2017-08-28T09:24:28-05:00August 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 |2017-08-10T10:37:13-05:00August 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 [...]

Speakers Announced for Symposium on Criminal Justice, Poverty, and Race

By |2017-07-16T14:55:13-05:00May 3rd, 2017|

Lexington, VA -- Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University; James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale University; and Robin Steinberg, Director of the Bronx Defenders, will be the principal speakers at the 2017 Shepherd Consortium symposium on Monday, July 31. This event will be held at the Marshall Hall, Center [...]

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

By |2017-05-01T08:10:17-05:00May 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 |2017-04-24T12:13:35-05:00April 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 [...]

James Forman, Jr., Hopeful for Criminal Justice Reform

By |2017-03-28T12:01:08-05:00March 28th, 2017|

James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale University, will speak at the Shepherd Consortium symposium on “Criminal Justice, Poverty, and Law” at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, July 31.  His topic is “Just, Prosecution, Defense, and Sentencing.” This link will connect you to Professor Forman’s column, “Justice Springs Eternal” from the Sunday, March [...]

Harlan Beckley to Speak at Sixth Annual “Taking the Pulse on Poverty” Symposium

By |2017-03-23T15:18:17-05:00March 23rd, 2017|

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s annual “Taking the Pulse on Poverty” symposium will take place on Tuesday, March 28 and focus on the missing connections between poverty and higher education. Harlan Beckley, professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University and executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, will give the keynote [...]

Operations and Wellness Fellowship for Fall 2017 in Nepal

By |2017-02-28T12:03:00-05:00February 28th, 2017|

Type: 8 Month Fellowship (start August 4, 2017) Experience: Undergraduate Degree Functions: Education and Development Fellowship Industry: Global Health and Rural Development (Non-Profit Sector) Organization Description: The Oda Foundation provides health and education services to impoverished communities in Nepal's remote regions. The Foundation's clinic serves over a thousand patients a month and has helped significantly [...]

Education Fellowship for the Fall of 2017 in Nepal

By |2017-02-28T11:44:45-05:00February 28th, 2017|

Type: 8 Month Fellowship (start August 4, 2017) Experience: Undergraduate Degree (ESL Experience Preferable) Functions: Education and Development Fellowship Industry: Global Health and Rural Development (Non-Profit Sector) Organization Description: The Oda Foundation provides health and education services to impoverished communities in Nepal's remote regions. The Foundation's clinic serves over a thousand patients a month and [...]

In the Gardens and Markets of Atlanta

By |2017-02-16T11:41:39-05:00February 16th, 2017|

"The biggest hurdle for these families was finding affordable, high quality food without jumping through enormous obstacles" writes Watson. Imagine standing in a blazing hot field surrounded by several plots of farmland. Just over the hill, a large cottonwood tree provides shade for produce you just harvested during the early morning. Birds chirp [...]

Holistic Healthcare Transcends Medicine

By |2017-01-26T11:51:20-05:00January 26th, 2017|

"Medical treatment is not enough; we must also consider how to relieve a patient’s psychosocial situation to improve and sustain their health," writes Roberts. As an aspiring physician, my summer working as a social service intern at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia, will forever impact my views of health care and [...]

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

By |2017-01-25T10:52:28-05:00January 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 |2017-01-20T14:11:12-05:00January 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 [...]

How Poverty Perpetuates Domestic Violence

By |2017-01-13T16:21:53-05:00January 12th, 2017|

The connection between intimate partner violence (IPV) and poverty isn’t obvious. In fact, it took me the majority of the summer to understand it. To an extent, intimate partner violence is about control. Abusers feel the need to control their partners in any way they can. They will withhold financial information, use guilt and threats [...]

UpLIFTing: Emphasizing Individuality and Dignity in Washington, DC.

By |2017-01-11T15:22:08-05:00January 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 [...]

My Future Fighting Poverty

By |2017-01-11T12:56:40-05:00January 10th, 2017|

"The Patch taught me that every effort to fight poverty successfully should promote holistic development, trust, and new experiences" writes Northcutt. My Shepherd internship experience was unorthodox from the beginning. Many students turn their internship for academic research, while others use it for job experience in a specific field. I worked at The [...]

Children in Poverty Can Thrive!

By |2017-01-10T09:34:49-05:00January 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 |2017-01-03T10:42:07-05:00January 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 [...]

Privilege’s Place in Poverty Alleviation: What We Lose When Success Looks like I Do

By |2016-12-27T12:32:02-05:00December 21st, 2016|

"We, those of us with privilege, must take this challenge to define our roles, but we must keep our eyes and ears open" writes Iglitzin. Every time I try to explain my internship with CitySquash, an organization that combines the sport of squash with academic enrichment programs for elementary through college age students [...]

Special Message from the SHECP Executive Director, Harlan Beckley

By |2016-11-30T15:58:42-05:00November 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 |2016-11-01T10:29:13-05:00November 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 |2016-10-26T09:47:00-05:00October 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 |2016-10-17T10:39:10-05:00October 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 |2016-10-17T15:55:48-05:00October 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 |2016-09-21T12:40:15-05:00September 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 |2016-09-21T12:41:26-05:00September 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 [...]

Childhood Literacy Videos Posted

By |2016-09-19T15:19:06-05:00September 19th, 2016|

The Shepherd Consortium website now features videos of the speakers and discussion from the July 30 symposium on "Childhood Literacy as a Public Health and Economic Imperative.” The symposium, held at the Atlanta Speech School, features talks by Maryanne Wolf, John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service Director at the Center for Reading and [...]

Observing a Holistic Approach To Indigent Criminal Defense

By |2016-09-21T12:57:47-05:00September 12th, 2016|

"I believe that the historical precedent for social change will endure in that actual change must come from a mass movement and not from the courts alone." In the eight weeks I worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, or “PDS,” I had a wide range of experiences, most [...]

Racial Stratification and the Broken Road to Development

By |2016-10-19T09:03:30-05:00September 12th, 2016|

"Poverty is not a problem “as well.” Poverty is the problem to be prioritized." I turned right onto an unkempt brick road, swerving around potholes, head whirling towards the burnt, uninhabitable apartment building on the left and neglected landscaping on the right, finally settling on a white house with four white columns and [...]

Cleveland Clinic features SHECP interns in publication

By |2016-09-18T15:35:47-05:00September 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 |2016-09-21T12:58:47-05:00September 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 |2016-09-21T13:01:47-05:00September 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 |2016-09-07T12:28:52-05:00September 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 |2016-09-05T09:40:41-05:00September 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 |2016-09-02T11:39:06-05:00September 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 |2016-09-21T12:43:45-05:00September 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 |2016-09-01T16:52:38-05:00September 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 |2016-07-28T00:47:20-05:00July 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 |2016-09-21T12:44:50-05:00July 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 [...]

Learning to Address Healthcare Disparities under Different Circumstances

By |2016-09-21T12:46:57-05:00July 11th, 2016|

By Wesley N. Saintilnord I was born in a small city in the northeastern region of Haiti called Ouanaminthe (Ouanaminthe shares the border with the Dominican Republic).  I will graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on pre-medical studies. Upon graduation, I plan to work in a lab doing research [...]

My Quest for a Professional Vocation in Healthcare

By |2016-10-19T09:09:06-05:00July 6th, 2016|

By Nicole Gunawansa Ms. Gunawansa graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Upon graduating, Nicole worked in the Department of Disaster Psychiatry at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan with populations devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake as a part of a Henry Luce Fellowship to [...]

A Community Service Journey

By |2016-09-21T12:52:57-05:00July 3rd, 2016|

"The Shepherd Poverty Alliance (SPA) Internship allowed me to gain firsthand experience on the effects of poverty and contributed to my career path." Richard Cooks graduated from Berea College in 2008 with a BA in Biology. He has worked with Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Teach for America, Alabama Department of Human Resources, Princeton Baptist Medical [...]

Poverty Studies Can Transform Institutions as Well as Students

By |2016-09-21T13:09:44-05:00June 24th, 2016|

Victoria Kumpuris Brown, Senior Program Officer, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff in 2015, bringing her exceptional experience in connecting business and healthcare to the battle against childhood obesity. Brown’s track record of mobilizing the business community around social imperatives began with her previous position as the Vice President for Strategic Alliances at the [...]

Marymount University hosts 2016 Frueauff Opening Conference

By |2016-05-31T12:44:33-05:00May 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 |2016-05-03T13:14:02-05:00May 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 [...]