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

By | 2017-11-29T08:55:09+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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 [...]

Learning to Address Healthcare Disparities under Different Circumstances

By | 2016-09-21T12:46:57+00:00 July 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+00:00 July 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 [...]

Connections between Mental Health and Poverty

By | 2015-10-07T09:50:01+00:00 October 7th, 2015|

By Akiksha Chatterji, College of Wooster (2017) The summer has been an intense to say the least. Frontline Service, in Cleveland, Ohio, the agency at which I interned, was created in response to the increasingly pressing issues surrounding underprivileged individuals in need of mental health aid. Frontline’s mission statement states: “Reaching out to adults and [...]

Filling My Loving Cup

By | 2015-10-06T15:49:22+00:00 October 6th, 2015|

By Kaeleigh E. Gale, Berea College (2016) When I was accepted into the Shepherd Poverty Consortium, I was excited to be able to work closely with populations living in poverty because it ties closely with what I know, what I have experienced, and the areas I most commonly serve. After spending two conferences with predominately [...]

Poverty Studies and Business: A Seamless Integration

By | 2015-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 October 5th, 2015|

By Kate Donnelly Ms. Donnelly works for Raffa, P.C., a public accounting firm specializing in nonprofits.  She is a 2011 graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Accounting with a minor in Poverty and Human Capability Studies.  After graduation, Kate attended the University of Virginia [...]

Hope We Must, Persevere We Will

By | 2015-10-01T22:43:13+00:00 October 1st, 2015|

By Emma Jackson, Centre College (2018) There I was: standing in my office, the walls papered with photographs and interview transcripts, facing down the lens of my very own camera. “What does UPO mean to you?” I had been asking people this question all summer. But now, faced with that very question, I froze. What [...]

Possessing a High Sense of Public Service

By | 2015-11-30T09:01:22+00:00 September 30th, 2015|

By Cabell Willis Cabell Willis is a 2014 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in writing, French, and philosophy. He received the Second Jackson-Hope Medal for second highest attainment in scholarship accompanied by the Colonel Sterling Murray Heflin 1916 Academic Proficiency Award upon [...]

What Happens when Help is Gone?

By | 2015-09-29T09:40:58+00:00 September 28th, 2015|

By Batsheva Honig, Washington and Lee University (2017) The train stops at 56th Street station. I linger a moment making sure that I am at the right stop. I hurriedly make my way off the train just as the doors begin to close. I walk one block down the street and pass a Fresh Grocer [...]

Fresh Tomatoes, Street Musicians, and Quantum Mechanics Come Together for an Anthropology Major

By | 2015-10-26T11:42:07+00:00 September 25th, 2015|

By Matt Germaine Matt interned at the Atlanta Community Food Bank the summer before his senior year at The College of Wooster.  He is a 2015 graduate.  In combining his interests, values, and experiences at the ACFB and elsewhere, he has found a fulfilling, post-graduation home out west by serving with AmeriCorps NCCC. As an [...]

From “Vague Notion” to Purposeful Plan for Healthcare

By | 2015-10-26T11:42:34+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|

By Rachel Tullio Ms. Tullio  is serving at ARTEZ (Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone) working on several community development projects.  Her position is part of a yearlong service leadership program, PULSE Pittsburgh. She graduated in May 2015 from the University of Notre Dame with a major in Pre-Professional Studies and minors in Anthropology and Poverty [...]

11 Million Waiting for Social Change

By | 2015-09-23T14:01:16+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|

By Martha Citlaly Mora Hernandez, Elon University (2016) This summer I interned in American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Greensboro, North Carolina. I went into this internship not knowing what to expect and whether I would truly be an asset to the organization during the short eight weeks that I would be there. I knew [...]

Growing a Healthier Nation

By | 2015-09-22T16:29:13+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|

By Lauren Scott, Elon University (2017) The community that I worked in this summer, Atlanta, lacks the proper structure to sustain the wellbeing of the entirety of the community. The need I witnessed pertains specifically to equal access to healthy options and opportunities for each individual. If the public can support the health of all [...]

Still Learning From Poverty 101 Sixteen Years Later

By | 2015-10-26T11:42:59+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|

Claiborne Taylor works with Teach For America alumni in Philadelphia.  He taught 4th grade in Houston, Texas through Teach For America; was an instructor of teacher education at Washington and Lee; and received a Master’s in Education from Stanford. He is a 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee. The Poverty Program sparked his interest and [...]

The American Dream: Whose Dream is it Anyway?

By | 2015-09-18T11:19:54+00:00 September 15th, 2015|

By Katherine Rose Johnson, Middlebury College (2018) “tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine” -- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese Grappling for words, hoping shear will alone equated to fluent Arabic, I explained how much goes into a lawyer meeting. I fought desperately to tuck my exasperation behind my tongue. We [...]

Poverty Studies Leads to Policy Research Aspirations

By | 2015-10-26T11:43:19+00:00 September 15th, 2015|

By Morgan Hobbs Ms. Hobbs works at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C. as a Research Assistant. She is a 2015 graduate of Furman University where she studied economics and poverty studies. ​​​​​ This past spring, my peers and I spent countless hours working on resumes, cover letters and applications for jobs we hoped to acquire [...]

2015 Intern Essays Provide Powerful Lessons for Poverty Across the U.S.

By | 2015-09-14T14:12:12+00:00 September 14th, 2015|

Essays from many of the nearly one hundred college and law school students who served as 2015 Shepherd Internships are being posted almost daily. Read about what the interns learned from their summer of work. . Students have returned from eight-week internships with agencies that work with impoverished communities and individuals. Students learned first-hand about multiple [...]

“It sounds like a whisper.”

By | 2015-10-26T11:44:00+00:00 September 14th, 2015|

By Paige Coomer Ms. Commer attends Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she serves on the executive board for the Public Interest Law Foundation.  She works at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. and as a research assistant studying the beneficial impacts contract law could have on South Pacific communities that are negotiating deep sea mining [...]

Room 209

By | 2015-09-14T10:57:33+00:00 September 11th, 2015|

By Jaziah Masters, Baylor University (2017) This room has special meaning for me. This past summer, room 209 became my classroom, a moment any aspiring teacher will remember for the rest of his or her life. However, the joy I felt after learning my assigned room would pale in comparison to the joy I would [...]

Engendering Confidence for Leadership in Community Reduces Poverty

By | 2015-09-11T09:46:30+00:00 September 11th, 2015|

By Zoe Stein, Washington and Lee University (2017) This summer I served as a mentor for Monster Slayers, a summer program targeting social, emotional, and leadership skills in Diné (the preferred name for Navajo) youth on the Navajo Nation reservation. The Diné culture dates back to 1100 AD. In 1864 the Diné were subjected to [...]

Demanding Education as Opportunity When Prison is Viewed as a Home

By | 2015-09-08T10:24:13+00:00 September 8th, 2015|

By Emma Swabb, Washington and Lee University (2017) It was the first Wednesday of the mandatory summer program at Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA), and I was sitting at a desk grading diagnostic tests. These pre-tests had been given on Monday, the first day of class, to Mrs. Brower’s seventh grade language arts class and would [...]

How Mobile Oasis Improves Nutrition and Builds Community

By | 2015-09-04T12:21:51+00:00 September 4th, 2015|

By Hannah Gilmore, Washington and Lee University (2016) Alana Babington and I pored over a map of Greensboro, NC, divided into wobbly little shapes by bright, bold yellow lines. The yellow lines started in the center of the city and stretched outwards toward more suburban areas, covering at least a quarter of the map. As [...]

SHECP sets Ambitious Goals & Elects New Chair

By | 2015-09-04T10:56:18+00:00 September 4th, 2015|

4 September 2015, Lexington, Virginia – The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty announced today that John Carroll University (JCU) professor, Margaret (Peggy) Finucane, Ph.D., has been elected chair of the organization’s new Governing Board. The move comes as the organization adopted a new five-year course “as a vehicle for propelling the study of poverty [...]

Challenges to the Universal Right to Healthcare – CrossOver Ministry and the Shepherd Experience

By | 2015-09-04T09:44:51+00:00 September 4th, 2015|

By Emily Kruse, University of Notre Dame (2016) As a Medical Administrator Intern at CrossOver Ministry, a free healthcare clinic in downtown Richmond, Virginia, I experienced, learned about, and assisted with many unique aspects of providing healthcare to poor and uninsured residents. Inadequate healthcare access in the context of poverty is complex and multifaceted; it [...]

Expanding My Concept of Health and Healthcare

By | 2015-09-04T08:50:24+00:00 September 4th, 2015|

By Jennifer Saccente, Washington and Lee University (2017) “Well that will certainly be interesting…” This comment, along with a look of severe apprehension, was the response I got from several friends and professors when I mentioned I would be spending the summer in Helena, Arkansas. I felt myself starting to doubt my decision, but I [...]

Redefining Justice

By | 2015-09-03T09:39:22+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|

By Leah Travis, Millsaps College (2017) It was my last day in Washington, D.C. after having spent a whirlwind summer interning as an investigator at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia (PDS). I was riding home on the metro after just having turned in my badge and the case files that I [...]

My Journey Pursuing Solutions to Child Health

By | 2015-10-26T11:52:03+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|

Kelly with a group of children in DC after completing the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's curriculum on nutrition and physical activity. By Kelly Sheppard Ms. Sheppard is pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC.  She graduated from Washington and Lee in [...]

Poverty Studies Deepened Passion for Holistic Healthcare to Underserved

By | 2015-10-26T11:53:27+00:00 September 1st, 2015|

By Allison Behrndt Ms. Allison Behrndt is currently a MS Candidate (2015) in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and Pre-Health Studies and a minor in Poverty Studies. Allison Behrendt (Notre Dame 2014) interned at Rockbridge Area Health [...]

Good Legal Aid Lawyering Requires More Than Knowing the Law

By | 2015-08-31T15:36:03+00:00 August 31st, 2015|

By Marina Giannirakis, John Carroll University (2017) No matter who you are or what kind of person you are, there is no possible way to come out of a Shepherd internship without a different view of the world. When Fran Elrod first told me about the placement in Helena, Arkansas, I was skeptical. I am [...]

“Insight into the Convoluted Systems” Leads to a Career in Improving Service Delivery

By | 2015-10-26T11:44:31+00:00 August 31st, 2015|

By Vanessa J. Ndege Ms. Ndege is currently a Housing Services Specialist in the Housing Stabilization Department- Emergency Services Triage at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in Maryland.  She will soon begin interning full-time with the Office of Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency.  She earned her BA in Psychology and [...]

Poverty Studies Unveils Concern for the Health of Marginalized Peoples

By | 2015-10-26T11:45:36+00:00 August 26th, 2015|

By Katherine H. LeMasters Ms. LeMasters is researching the pregnancy experiences of Roma women in Romania through the Edwin A. Morris ’26 Distinguished Research Grant (academic year of 2015-2016 ).  She graduated from Washington and Lee in 2015 with degrees in Economics and Global Politics and a minor in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. From [...]

How Poverty Studies Informed My Legal Education

By | 2015-11-30T09:03:02+00:00 August 25th, 2015|

By Jake Elijah Struebing, JD Candidate, Yale University School of Law.  Mr. Struebing graduated from Washington and Lee University (2014) and is currently attending Yale Law School. While at W&L, he earned a minor in Poverty and Human Capability Studies and performed his Shepherd internship at the United States District Court for the District of [...]

Is Shelter a Basic Human Right?

By | 2015-08-25T12:42:44+00:00 August 24th, 2015|

By Rebecca Dunn, Washington and Lee University (2016) There is a truly a housing crisis in our nation’s capital. This crisis is multifaceted and relates to the increased gentrification in the District in the last couple of decades, the decreasing number of Section 8 subsidized housing units, the seemingly discontinued housing voucher program by the [...]

New Orleans at Pivotal Crossroads for Indigent Criminal Justice

By | 2015-08-24T15:32:57+00:00 August 24th, 2015|

By Christopher Stella, Elon University, Elon Law (2017) Hurricane Katrina is arguably the worst man-made disaster that the United States has ever seen. The storm wrecked homes, scattered families to the wind, and established a new kind of chronology for the city of New Orleans: before the storm and after the storm. One silver lining [...]

Immersion is Vital to Understanding Health Challenges

By | 2015-10-01T09:07:42+00:00 August 24th, 2015|

By Kjersti Kleine, Furman University (2017) Driving into Helena-West Helena, Arkansas was like nothing I have ever experienced. As we drove farther and farther away from Memphis, Tennessee, the last town we passed before entering the Delta, I could feel my heart beating faster and faster. My little blue car was packed full of my [...]

Using Privileged Positions to Eradicate Barriers

By | 2015-10-26T11:46:59+00:00 August 19th, 2015|

By Molly Snell-Larch, AmeriCorps Member Service Fellow, LIFT (DC).  Ms Snell-Larch is a 2015 Graduate of the College of Wooster and a member of the 2014 Shepherd Intern Cohort. I came into my summer internship with the Shepherd Consortium fresh off a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. I felt like a jetsetter, worldly and knowledgeable, [...]

The Other Side of the Glass Window at the Guilford County Jail

By | 2015-08-24T12:43:57+00:00 August 17th, 2015|

By Mason Grist, Washington and Lee University (2018). Confusion. Anger. Frustration. These emotions culminate in an outpouring of tears on the other side of the glass window at the Guilford County Jail. As part of my work for the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office, I often go visit clients whom the attorneys need to interview [...]

Social Interactions and Relational Networks are Key to Health Outcomes

By | 2015-08-24T12:45:38+00:00 August 11th, 2015|

By Wesley Saintilnord, Berea College (2016) In spring of 2015, I was accepted to the prestigious Shepherd Internship Program at the Moses Cone Regional Center for Infectious Disease (RCDI) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Having the opportunity to work alongside experienced doctors, nurses, and medical assistants was something I had eagerly awaited as I finished my [...]

Student-led Discussions for Monday, 2:45 PM

By | 2015-08-13T12:00:30+00:00 August 2nd, 2015|

2:45 PM Session E, Washington & Lee University, Science Center  1) Parmly 307                     "The Ethics of Freedom: Consequences for American Healthcare," Sarah Onyx Marosi, The College of Wooster and Abby Block, Washington and Lee University. Convener: Howard Pickett (Washington and Lee) 2) A 214                                "Race, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System," Chris Stella, Elon University [...]

Cafritz Foundation Continues Support for Interns in DC

By | 2015-07-31T14:15:01+00:00 July 31st, 2015|

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) has received another matching grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to support its summer internship program benefitting agencies working with impoverished communities and individuals in the District of Columbia. The Shepherd Internship Program and its predecessor, the Shepherd Alliance internship program administered by Washington and [...]

Poverty Studies has led to Conscious Living and a First Job

By | 2015-10-26T11:50:09+00:00 July 21st, 2015|

By Eleanor Paige Bacon As an intern at HomeAgain in Richmond, Virginia, a non-profit organization that provides transitional and emergency shelter to the homeless, I wore many different hats, working with the financial and development officers and emergency shelters. I immersed myself into my internship, in which I gained a holistic understanding of how non-profit [...]

Frueauff Foundation Continues Vital Support for Poverty Studies

By | 2015-07-16T11:19:31+00:00 July 16th, 2015|

16 July 2015 – Lexington, VA - The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation of Little Rock, Arkansas has pledged a substantial grant to the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a 20-member organization of colleges and universities that each integrate rigorous classroom study of poverty with tailored and focused summer internships and co-curricular activities during [...]

Professor Jost Comments on King v Burwell and the Affordable Care Act

By | 2015-06-29T12:42:47+00:00 June 29th, 2015|

Timothy S. Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, a featured speaker on the Affordable Care Act at the SHECP symposium on August 5, 2014, wrote an analysis and commentary about the implications of King v. Burwell on June 25th, 2015, the day it was handed down by the [...]

Virginia Military Institute Grant Supports 2015 SHECP Symposium

By | 2015-06-24T13:34:45+00:00 June 24th, 2015|

24 June 2015 – Lexington, VA - Virginia Military Institute has made a grant to the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) for the 2015 SHECP Symposium and Frueauff Closing Conference. “Food, Nutrition, and Children’s Health,” is the theme of the 2015 symposium which will be held on Sunday, August 2 at VMI’s Marshall [...]

Food and Childhood Health is Focus of 2015 Symposium

By | 2015-08-02T21:55:11+00:00 June 24th, 2015|

The increasing nutrition gap between children from the privileged and children from less well-supported classes will be the focus of the 2015 Symposium of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) on Sunday, August 2 in Lexington, Virginia. “Poor nutrition has become a serious barrier to equal opportunity,” said Harlan Beckley, executive director of [...]

Discovering the Intersection of Social Justice and HIV Holistic Healthcare

By | 2015-10-26T11:57:55+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|

In the spring of 2014, I applied for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty Internship Program, not knowing how valuable it would become for my education and career development. I was in my junior year at John Carroll University in Cleveland studying biology and public health with plans to apply for medical school during [...]

Poverty Studies Fuels Direction and Intellectual Curiosity

By | 2015-10-26T11:50:45+00:00 June 18th, 2015|

By Shiri Yadlin, Shepherd Intern 2010 Yadlin will begin a Masters Program at Georgetown University this fall. She is a 2012 graduate of Washington & Lee University. “We are N Street Village. We are a community of respect, recovery, and hope. We create a safe and welcome place with our words and our [...]

Brown Advisory and Baltimore Couple Fund Internships Aimed at Diminishing Poverty

By | 2015-06-11T09:29:11+00:00 June 11th, 2015|

Baltimore, MD - 11 July 2015 - Brown Advisory and A.C. and Penney Hubbard have donated funds to the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty to support eight student internships at social service organizations ranging from New York, to Baltimore, to Kentucky. Six interns will join Baltimore-based organizations, including SuperKids Camp, the House of Ruth, [...]

Transforming the Teaching of Poverty

By | 2015-06-09T00:07:03+00:00 June 9th, 2015|

Monday, 8 June 2015 - The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters writes about poverty studies in her current entry her blog, "To Do Justice."  She is Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University and a SHECP Board Member. Her work as a feminist social ethicist is focused on globalization, economic, environmental, and reproductive justice. [...]

$500,000 Gift Boosts Poverty Studies

By | 2015-04-29T14:35:42+00:00 April 28th, 2015|

29 April, Lexington, Virginia -- Furman University, a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), announced this term that a Furman graduate and trustee contributed $500,000 to the university’s Poverty Studies Program. Since its adoption in 2008, Poverty Studies has become one of the Furman’s most popular minors, attracting many of the [...]

Discovering Similarity in Two Cities, Worlds Apart

By | 2015-04-20T10:16:58+00:00 April 20th, 2015|

What do Amman, Jordan and the Church Hill area of Richmond, Virginia have in common? If I had been asked this question three months ago, I would have said probably nothing, except that people typically have a negative reaction when I tell them I have spent a significant amount of time there. I always figured [...]

Beckley commentary featured in “Spotlight” — “Why Don’t Students Learn About Poverty?”

By | 2015-03-30T15:14:17+00:00 March 30th, 2015|

"Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity" posted a commentary today by SHECP executive director, Harlan R. Beckley, "Why Don't Students Learn about Poverty?" Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity was launched in October 2007 by major U.S. foundations to foster non-partisan debate during the 2008 campaign season about policy approaches for addressing poverty and opportunity. Today, Spotlight provides a platform [...]

Poverty Studies Informed Work of CDC Doctor

By | 2015-10-30T10:00:47+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|

Introduction: Dr. Jonathan Wortham graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2004 and from the Baylor College of Medicine in 2008.  He currently works with the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.  Jonathan’s penetrating essay below eloquently describes how the combination of poverty-related coursework and an internship at [...]

Marymount to Host Poverty Studies Internship Conference

By | 2015-06-24T12:49:18+00:00 March 21st, 2015|

20 March 2015, Lexington, VA -- The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium (SHECP) announced today that Marymount University will host the 2015 Frueauff Opening Conference for Shepherd Interns, June 5 & 6, on its Main Campus in Arlington, Virginia. More than 90 students from 20 different colleges and universities will participate in the conference in order [...]

Hasan Discovers the Challenge of Equal Opportunity for All

By | 2015-02-11T09:58:38+00:00 February 10th, 2015|

Jabriel Hasan, Marymount University, worked in Chester, Pennsylvania I remember sitting down to discuss our Community Learning Agreement with Dr. Janet Riley-Ford, the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester. As interns, ready to impact a community of overwhelming social need, we crafted a Community Learning Agreement expressing our desire [...]

Shepherd Interns Provide Insights about their Experiences

By | 2015-03-11T23:26:56+00:00 January 29th, 2015|

Interns from the summer of 2014 have written brief compelling essays about their experiences. Learn more about a variety of specific internship placements and how a Shepherd internship has impacted their lives. Additionally, more than 25 essays from 2013 and before are also available. You can scroll through the introductions to find ones that interest [...]

Connie Mick publishes Poverty/Privilege with Oxford

By | 2015-01-27T16:18:16+00:00 January 27th, 2015|

Dr. Mick is codirector of the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor at University of Notre Dame. Connie Mick, Director of Community-Based Learning at the University of Notre Dame and a faculty participant in the Shepherd Consortium, has just published an introduction to poverty studies that also serves as text for writing courses in higher [...]

Pathways, Petersburg, VA, seeks CEO

By | 2015-01-26T10:02:31+00:00 January 26th, 2015|

Pathways, a not-for-profit, faith-based community organization in Petersburg, Virginia, is seeking a full-time Chief Executive Officer to build and strengthen the organization’s 20 years of partnership with residents of Petersburg and the greater Richmond area. Organization Description and Key Responsibilities Pathways is governed by a 10-member board of directors, has a staff of 30, and [...]

Brand, 1923 – 2015, Played “Indispensable Role” in SHECP and Shepherd Program

By | 2015-01-21T10:19:47+00:00 January 20th, 2015|

Cabell Brand, instrumental in building the Shepherd Program at Washington and Lee and in founding SHECP and securing VMI's involvement in it, died January 13 at his home in Salem, Virginia. Just four days earlier Cabell had attended a retirement party for Ted Edlich, retiring president of Total Action for Progress, the anti-poverty agency Brand [...]

Sweeney Learns that Burlington Citizens Want a Hand Up, Not a Handout

By | 2015-01-20T10:03:49+00:00 January 20th, 2015|

During my Shepherd Higher Education Consortium Poverty Internship, I worked with the organization Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) in Burlington, Vermont. This organization provides a wide range of services including a Head Start Program, Financial Futures, Weatherization, Microbusiness, and Community Action. I worked within the Financial Futures and Microbusiness program. Elizabeth Sweeney [...]

Opportunities for Study or Work

By | 2015-01-15T15:05:55+00:00 January 15th, 2015|

Are you seeking an educational, career, and other life opportunity in the area of diminishing poverty?  If so, please visit the Opportunities Page. If you have such an opportunity to offer, and you'd like to reach SHECP members and alumni, please email or call the office, 540-458-8164.

Teach Kentucky offers a Strong Career Path

By | 2015-02-05T10:44:50+00:00 January 15th, 2015|

Teach Kentucky (TKY) is making an impact in Louisville, reaching young people who want to work themselves out of poverty. If you are beginning your career path and want to leverage your work so that you actually make an impact on lives, consider applying for Teach Kentucky.  Application deadline is 28 February 2015.  Teaching in [...]

Laubach Discovers Law is a Necessary Instrument for Limiting Environmental Injustice

By | 2015-01-08T14:51:46+00:00 January 8th, 2015|

By Kerriann Laubach Ms. Laubach is a student at Washington & Lee University School of Law As an undergraduate Environmental Studies major and self-proclaimed environmentalist, I have long heard of coal’s negative externalities. Mountaintop removal, fossil fuels, toxic runoff, habitat destruction, and climate change were all familiar evils associated with coal’s environmental impact. [...]

Korn Learns about Poverty when She Least Expects It

By | 2017-01-11T12:58:13+00:00 January 8th, 2015|

By Jillian Korn Korn with fellow interns Forester (Hendrix College) and Allen (Centre College). Before I began my internship at So Others Might Eat (SOME), I was looking forward to all of the medical experience I would gain from spending eight weeks in a clinic. I was excited to learn about the unique [...]

Goike and Mathew Learn about Treating Drug Addiction to Limit Poverty

By | 2015-01-12T15:05:11+00:00 January 8th, 2015|

Reny Mathew (Baylor) and Anna Goike (Notre Dame) interned at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine. Treating Drug Addiction to Limit Poverty By Reny M. Mathew and Anna Goike This summer, we had the opportunity to participate in an internship through the Shepherd Program Consortium under the supervision of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School [...]

Ware discovers the benefits of youth political advocacy

By | 2014-12-31T10:52:54+00:00 December 20th, 2014|

Andre Ware interned with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation in Boston. Every major news network in Boston was present. Over 100 young adults were chanting, and the police presence was pronounced. I found myself in the midst of organized chaos. What added to my confusion was the spreading rumor that my supervisor, Seth [...]

SHECP Alumna to Return to Navajo Nation for Teach for America

By | 2014-12-18T10:02:46+00:00 December 18th, 2014|

Cate Costley - SHECP Intern 2014, Middlebury College 2015 - will return to the Navajo Nation after graduation in May as a Teach for America fellow in a Bureau of Indian Education School.  In 2014, she served as a SHCEP intern on the Navajo Reservation in northeast Arizona where she witnessed “the vastness of rural [...]

Birdrow Refines Her Views on Freedom and Deservedness

By | 2014-12-10T10:56:19+00:00 December 10th, 2014|

Hopscotch, I always thought, is a game played by innocent, laughing children on a playground that is safe from danger and pain. It is part of sweet childhood memories, times of happiness and lightheartedness with the painted squares forming a symbol of purity and simplicity. Never before did I think my ideas surrounding this game [...]

Axelrod Challenges over-Quantifying Measures of Success

By | 2014-12-09T15:21:14+00:00 December 9th, 2014|

On the first day of my Shepherd internship I fell head over heels for the kindergartners and first graders. Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa Florida provides temporary and long-term housing assistance to families experiencing homelessness. It is easy in a class room setting to start thinking of poverty clinically. Especially in the study of economics, human [...]

Tullio Experiences Health Care Access in SE Kentucky

By | 2014-11-25T15:15:57+00:00 November 25th, 2014|

During my Shepherd Internship, I lived and worked in two southeastern Kentucky towns, Hyden and Hazard, as an intern at the Little Flower Clinic. The clinic and its staff taught me about the barriers to health care access and achieving better health outcomes in the area.  Through my interactions with the employees at the clinic, [...]

Gandolfo Writes on Education and Poverty in Volume Honoring Ignacio Ellacuría, SJ

By | 2015-01-05T11:36:15+00:00 November 25th, 2014|

Those who are familiar with the University of Central America (UCA), the Jesuit university in El Salvador, have long been impressed with the way that the school is organized around a complete institutional commitment – through its curriculum, its research, and its relations with the rest of society – to the marginalized.  The UCA came [...]

Megan Boyk Considers Healthcare for HIV/AIDs Patient in North Carolina

By | 2014-11-25T14:33:53+00:00 November 25th, 2014|

Megan Boyk examines the web of healthcare provision for indigent HIV/AIDs patients and the remaining shortfall for high quality healthcare. In summer 2014, I completed a Shepherd internship at the Regional Center for Infectious Disease (RCID) in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The RCID is part of a regional private hospital network, Cone Health, which is committed [...]

Poverty Group Director Visits Ohio University

By | 2014-11-25T15:16:40+00:00 November 25th, 2014|

Athens, OH, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 -- Harlan Beckley, executive director, Shepherd Higher Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), visited Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, November 3rd and 4th. Beckley spoke on, “Poverty Studies in Higher Education: The Case for Need and Collaboration.” He also met with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to discuss the possibility of [...]

Willis experiences Broken Criminal Justice System

By | 2014-12-08T12:04:15+00:00 October 8th, 2013|

  Cabell Willis, a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, participated in the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program, where he interned with Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc., in metro Washington, DC. Willis is a history major and a member of the Class of 2014. Cabell Willis, left, assists with an OAR suit [...]

W&L’s Campus Kitchen Feeds Minds and Bellys

By | 2013-08-14T19:50:38+00:00 August 14th, 2013|

A hunger relief program at Washington & Lee University has garnered the attention of Governor McDonnell for contributing to the life and welfare of low-income rural residents in Rockbridge County.  Volunteers at the Campus Kitchen Project put the saying “Waste not, want not” to good use. It’s not your typical, run of the mill soup [...]

Classroom Capability

By | 2015-02-12T13:10:08+00:00 August 5th, 2013|

Catherine McColloch, W&L '12 Catherine McColloch is a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University.  She also served as  Elrod Fellow and teacher at KIPP Dream Prep in Houston. My students spend 50 hours a week with me. That may sound like a lot of time to invest in their learning…until you consider [...]

W&L intern with Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Cooper University Hospital

By | 2014-06-13T15:24:45+00:00 August 1st, 2013|

Grace Lee, 2012 W&L intern In the midst of the most important healthcare debate in U.S. history, I was working with patients who fell through the cracks of our current system. This summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. [...]

Jennifer Lenoir: A Day in the Life

By | 2014-06-13T15:25:20+00:00 August 1st, 2013|

Jennifer Lenoir Shepherd Alliance Internship Berea College ‘14 Summer 2012 At 4:30 AM, the young mother rouses herself from sleep to begin her day. Her three little ones are finally sleeping soundly nearby, but for this young mother, sleep eluded her all night long. The thick mat on the concrete floor was nowhere near as [...]

Catherine McDonough – A Day in the Life

By | 2014-06-13T15:25:53+00:00 August 1st, 2013|

Name: Catherine McDonough School: University of Notre Dame Class Year: 2013 Hometown: Long Grove, IL Major: Psychology Minor: Poverty Studies On a typical Monday morning, I drop my roommate off at the local Boys and Girls Club and drive on to the battered women’s shelter where I work. As I park outside the shelter, I take [...]