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A 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University, Wendy is assistant director of community-based learning and communications for W&L’s Shepherd Poverty Program. She also serves as secretary and treasurer of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

Isabella Martin Explores the Transition of Appalachian Youth into Higher Education

By |2015-02-24T00:13:55-05:00February 24th, 2015|

Isabella Martin writes a short story to help us understand the transition that youth from low-income rural families must make as they pursue higher education and career away from home. Bella, who will pursue a career in teaching and writing fiction, is also acutely aware of “outsiders'” miss-portrayals of rural poverty. Please click below to [...]

Lindy Stevens Explores the Impacts of No Child Left Behind

By |2015-02-24T00:07:00-05:00February 24th, 2015|

Lindy Stevens, formerly a Teach for American participant and currently a law student at Washington and Lee, finds that No Child Left Behind needs to be reformed in order to achieve its laudable intentions. Please click below to view Stevens' essay: The Impact of No Child Left Behind

To Reduce the Deficit, End Redistribution to the Rich

By |2015-02-11T10:01:32-05:00February 10th, 2015|

By Joe Landry Washington and Lee University '13 Instead of cutting aid to the poor, the president and Congress should focus on reforming costly tax expenditures. While we often hear critics decrying the redistributive effects of American social spending, government aid does not always benefit households of limited means. Often, aid looks more like a [...]

Beckley Addresses Role of Higher Ed in ‘Rethinking Poverty’

By |2015-01-05T11:09:47-05:00November 25th, 2014|

SHECP Executive Director, Harlan Beckley, spoke at the Chautauqua Institution this summer on “Rethinking Poverty and Inequality: Changing Higher Education."    Beckley’s talk was part of a series on poverty sponsored by the Department of Religion.  Other speakers included Peter Edelman, Glenn C. Loury, Sister Simone Campbell, John Hope Bryant, and Tavis Smiley. The full length video [...]

Kevin Blair Writes for Spotlight on Poverty

By |2014-11-18T15:09:05-05:00November 17th, 2014|

Kevin Blair, Professor of Social Work at Niagara University and Academic Director for the SHECP Program at Niagara, has just published a column on “Poverty Education: Where are the Business Schools?” on Spotlight on Poverty.  Kevin’s column calls attention to SHECP and the need for more programs like it in higher education to address the “causes [...]

Poverty Group Announces DeHart Appointment

By |2014-11-08T22:11:39-05:00November 8th, 2014|

Lexington, VA – 3 November 2014 - Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) today announced the appointment of Amy K. DeHart to the position of Coordinator of Programs and Administration. In this capacity, Ms. DeHart will coordinate the Consortium’s 22 member schools in their work to provide students with a rigorous curricular study of [...]

Arrina Nastoff Makes New Friend in Danville, Kentucky

By |2014-11-11T14:34:12-05:00November 8th, 2014|

Arrina helps us to understand the struggles of immigrant children and their families. Arrina buried among her new friends. Emerging from a whirlwind summer experience, I could not be more pleased with my time as a Shepherd Intern at Centro Latino in Danville, KY. I learned that one could make a significant difference, [...]

Matthew Germaine Knows Food and Nutrition

By |2014-11-08T21:48:16-05:00November 8th, 2014|

Matthew learns about improving nutrition for the residents of Atlanta. Farmer Matt As the 5:30pm bus home rolled into the Woodruff Circle on the campus of Emory University's School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, the driver winked me goodbye with a look of confused amusement.  This look had become a regular occurrence.  As a summer intern [...]

Lainey Johnson Discovers Much Hope for Children in Baltimore

By |2014-11-08T21:42:38-05:00November 8th, 2014|

Lainey Johnson helps us understand how after school programs can open up new opportunities. Lainey’s Team “Have you thought about what you want to accomplish by December?” It was six weeks into my time in Baltimore when my supervisor asked me this question. On a beautiful Thursday evening we were outside enjoying the [...]

Anna Paden Carson Confronts the Plight of Immigrant Women

By |2014-11-08T21:36:59-05:00November 8th, 2014|

Ann Paden’s experience in Atlanta gives her a new perspective on domestic abuse and the vulnerability of immigrants. At work with Tapestri. “Can I trust you?” These were often the first words I heard from new clients. No introduction was needed or wanted until I uttered the validating word, “Yes,” from across the [...]

Emma Swabb Combines Law and Opening Opportunities in Atlanta

By |2014-11-08T21:23:42-05:00November 8th, 2014|

Emma reveals the human side of criminal law and how law can be incorporated with social services. Emma and friends with Rev. Ralphael Warknock at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Willie was all smiles – not something one would necessarily expect from a man sentenced to life in prison. Doug, the Executive Director [...]

Zachary Arnold on the Frontline for Mental Health

By |2014-11-05T01:03:47-05:00November 5th, 2014|

Zachary offers deeper insight into mental health policy for vulnerable residents of Cleveland.  Mental health care has long been an underserved area of medicine in the United States. However, the issue has become too large to ignore with recent statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health (2012) showing that mental illnesses afflict 43.7 million [...]

Peter Kiley-Bergen Works with the Defense

By |2014-11-05T00:53:29-05:00November 5th, 2014|

Peter gains a new perspective on the work of the Public Advocates Office in Eastern Kentucky.  I worked with the public defender in Appalachian Kentucky. In our justice system, everyone has a constitutional right to a legal defense. The courts appoint public defenders to represent indigent clients who cannot afford their own attorney. I was [...]

Caleb David Examines Prisoner Reintegration Policies

By |2014-11-02T20:34:07-05:00November 2nd, 2014|

Caleb David, a law student, examines policies in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and at the federal level that support the reintegration of released prisoners into the labor markets and their families and communities. Please click below to view his essay: Assimilation - Removing the Scarlet Letter

Farai Musari Works at the Ark in Baltimore

By |2014-11-02T19:24:40-05:00October 31st, 2014|

Farai reveals what he learned about poverty and homeless children from working and playing with young friends at the Ark. A purely intellectual understanding of poverty tends to view being in poverty as an unfortunate condition for “some” people and to put these “people” in categories. These “people” are often reduced to research subjects in [...]

Middlebury Intern Reflects on St. Anne’s Mission Experience

By |2014-11-18T19:58:50-05:00October 12th, 2014|

Cate Costely from Middlebury College offers a heart wrenching and heartwarming narrative about what she learned while working at St. Anne’s Mission in Klagetoh, Arizona. My name is Cate Costley and I spent eight weeks this past summer living and working a St. Anne’s Mission on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona. My fellow Shepherd [...]

2014 Bucknell Intern Advances Environmental Justice

By |2014-10-07T14:02:14-04:00October 7th, 2014|

Elaine Lac from Bucknell University worked as an organizer and advocate for Kentuckians for the Common Wealth, an organization devoted to advance environmental justice for vulnerable but activist citizens. Bucknell intern Elaine Lac assists in registering voters on July 4, 2014. The rickety bus ambles along the streets of Atlanta, Georgia where the [...]

Neglected Tropical Diseases in the United States

By |2014-10-12T17:35:49-04:00October 4th, 2014|

The following paper by Lee Haruno, a Poverty Studies minor from the University of Notre Dame, focuses on epidemiology and the science of tropical diseases that are largely neglected in the United States. Lee relates the neglect of these diseases to poverty and offers recommendations for integrated health solutions. Lee wrote the paper as part [...]

Life Pieces to Masterpieces Fall 2014

By |2014-09-26T23:19:13-04:00September 26th, 2014|

Life Pieces to Masterpieces in Washington, D.C., provides African American males in impoverished neighborhoods with opportunities to overcome the challenges associated with living in underserved areas. Life Pieces helps these males to develop a healthy sense of direction so that they can positively influence their communities. The organization provides academic and creative expression programs, while [...]

Tim Jost Symposium Talk

By |2015-01-05T10:54:44-05:00September 23rd, 2014|

“The Affordable Care Act and Low-Income Americans” Timothy S. Jost Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law Washington and Lee University School of Law Delivered on Aug. 5, 2014 at the Virginia Military Institute for the SHECP Teaching Symposium Professor Jost has kindly provided us with a manuscript of his talk at the symposium. Teachers [...]

Head of Boston CDC to Kick Off Symposium

By |2014-07-11T11:48:08-04:00July 9th, 2014|

Jeanne DuBois, head of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC), a successful Boston community development corporation, will give the keynote address at a banquet to kick off the third annual SHECP symposium on Monday, Aug. 4 at the Center for Leadership and Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute. DuBois’ talk entitled “Organizing People and Money [...]

Jost, Longworth to Address SHECP Symposium on Affordable Care Act

By |2014-06-27T16:17:37-04:00June 27th, 2014|

Tim Jost W&L School of Law Professor Tim Jost and Dr. David Longworth of the Cleveland Clinic will speak on the on the Affordable Care Act and poverty at the third annual SHECP symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Center for Leadership and Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute. Jost’s talk entitled [...]

Navajo Reservation Offers Insights Into Poverty

By |2014-06-27T15:45:19-04:00June 2nd, 2014|

Markus Creachbaum, a member of John Carroll University’s Class of 2015, explored his interest in poverty alleviation as an intern with St. Anne’s Mission on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. Each day I wake to the sounds of horses nuzzling a dry wheel barrel. I get out [...]

VMI to host conference on service

By |2015-02-22T22:53:09-05:00June 2nd, 2014|

Honor in Service: Leaders Responding to the Needs of Our Time March 9-11, 2015 The 2015 Virginia Military Institute Leadership Conference will bring together scholars, practitioners and students passionate about humanitarian public service. It will provide a forum for sharing service-related knowledge and ideas in order to prepare participants to more effectively respond to the [...]

UK Professor Honored for Book

By |2014-11-05T13:08:33-05:00June 2nd, 2014|

Shannon Bell Shannon Bell, assistant professor of sociology at the University Kentucky, has received another accolade for her recent publication, Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice.  Most recently, her 2013 book was selected as the runner-up for the Green Book Festival in the “general non-fiction” [...]

SHECP Director to Speak at Chautauqua

By |2014-06-02T10:05:26-04:00June 2nd, 2014|

Harlan Beckley Harlan Beckley, executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education on Poverty, will speak at the Chautauqua Institution “Interfaith Lecture Series” at the Hall of Philosophy on July 2.  Beckley will talk about the Consortium and poverty studies in higher education.  His lecture, entitled “Rethinking Poverty and Inequality: Changing Higher Education” will [...]

Shepherd Consortium Assessment Underway

By |2015-02-22T22:59:00-05:00April 21st, 2014|

Brian Pusser, program coordinator for higher education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and Christian Steinmetz, assistant professor and coordinator of the higher education M.Ed. program in the Curry School, have begun an 18-month assessment of programing with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) and at each of [...]

Kentucky Professor Authors Book on Women Environmental Justice Advocates

By |2014-06-02T11:16:07-04:00April 21st, 2014|

Shannon Bell speaks to students at Washington and Lee University in March 2014. Photo by W&L University photographer Shannon Bell, former Shepherd Program student at Washington and Lee and currently an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, has just published Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the [...]

Grant to Fund Teaching Conference at Millsaps College

By |2014-04-11T16:14:16-04:00April 11th, 2014|

Louwanda Evans, assistant professor of sociology at Millsaps College, won a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ASC) to sponsor a workshop for ACS faculty to discuss the gateway poverty course offered by all twenty-two Shepherd Consortium schools.  The grant from ACS will support up to two faculty participants from each of the [...]

Shepherd Consortium Strategic Planning Underway

By |2015-01-07T11:19:08-05:00April 11th, 2014|

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) Board of Directors, at its meeting on August 4, 2013, elected a new Board Chair, James Calvin Davis, Professor of Religion at Middlebury College. It simultaneously charged Davis to appoint a committee from the Board to begin a strategic planning process that will consider the future direction [...]

Cafritz Foundation Awards SHECP Grant for DC Interns

By |2013-11-07T14:34:44-05:00November 7th, 2013|

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) has received a $25,000 matching grant from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to help support its summer internship program that benefits agencies serving impoverished communities in the District of Columbia. The Shepherd Internship Program, administered by Washington and Lee University, has received long-time support from the [...]

Berea Student Advances Understanding of Poverty, Healthcare

By |2014-12-01T14:42:21-05:00October 8th, 2013|

“I was able to participate in a medical mission in Helena, Arkansas, and it gave me an experience of a lifetime.” Dan Carpintero Berea College intern at the Delta Area Health Education Center in Helena, Ark., as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program

Service Has New Meaning for W&L Intern

By |2014-06-13T15:07:20-04:00October 8th, 2013|

Becca Dean, W&L I spent my summer as a Shepherd Intern in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s PACT Therapeutic Nursery. PACT serves Baltimore’s homeless families with developmentally delayed infants and toddlers. To say my experience in my eight weeks as an intern at this agency was eye-opening would be an understatement. [...]

Youth Program Provides Insights into Effects of Poverty

By |2014-06-13T15:19:00-04:00September 23rd, 2013|

Daniel Grear, a student at Hendrix College, participated in the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program, where he interned with Life Pieces to Masterpieces in Washington, DC. Grear is an English major and a member of the Class of 2015. photo by Seneca Wells 6:00 a.m. sharp. The sound of metallic reverberation bombards my window [...]

W&L Intern Helps Meet Healthcare Needs of Camden’s Poor

By |2015-09-16T09:10:27-04:00September 23rd, 2013|

Washington and Lee University student Leah Gose supported the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which works to lower the amount spent on healthcare and provide better care to Camden residents the unemployed with job training and procurement as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. Gose is a sociology and German language major and a [...]

Charter School Provides Great Learning Experience for W&L Intern

By |2014-06-13T15:16:50-04:00September 20th, 2013|

Corinne Hemmersbach and her students at PAVE Academy Poverty minor Corinne Hemmersbach interned with PAVE Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. Rise and shine! 5:30 a.m. Trying not to wake my three roommates, I tiptoe around our tiny NYU dorm room, as I get ready to start [...]

Intern Tackles Inter-generational Poverty One Student at a Time

By |2014-06-13T15:17:34-04:00September 20th, 2013|

Victoria Bell, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2014, explored her interest in education policy as an intern with the Freedom School in Marvell, Ark., as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. In a Spartan duplex in rural Arkansas, my alarm greets me with a screech at 6 a.m. My muscles [...]

Intern Provides More Than Legal Aid to Clients

By |2014-06-13T15:19:56-04:00September 18th, 2013|

Ethan Bishop-Watt helps with GJP's back-to-school event Washington and Lee School of Law student Ethan Bishop-Watt shares his experience as an intern with the Georgia Justice Project in Atlanta. Bishop-Watt was one of four law school students who took part in the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. I had the great fortune to work [...]

W&L Intern Finds Hope in Camden

By |2014-06-13T15:20:29-04:00September 17th, 2013|

Ellen Wiencek, W&L Ellen Wiencek, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2015, explored her interest in economics and mathematics as an intern with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden, NJ, as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. “In a dream I saw a city invincible.” The great American poet Walt Whitman [...]

W&L Intern Supports Business Development in Arkansas

By |2014-06-13T15:20:40-04:00September 17th, 2013|

Joshua Jackson, W&L Joshua Jackson, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2016, explored his interest in business as an intern with Thrive in Helena, Ark., as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. I threw on my shoes, grabbed my sandwich, and raced out to the car. This was me [...]

Wooster Advocates for Abused Women

By |2014-06-13T15:20:55-04:00September 17th, 2013|

Brianna Tarpey, College of Wooster Brianna Tarpey of the College of Wooster participated in the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. She served at Tapestri Inc. in Atlanta and worked with victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. “Take a deep breath,” I thought to myself as I struggled to stay calm as [...]

Standing for the Homeless

By |2014-06-13T15:21:12-04:00September 17th, 2013|

Graham Colton, W&L Washington and Lee University student Graham Colton served the homeless with the Gateway Center in Atlanta as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. Colton is an English and philosophy major in the Class of 2015. You may be reading this because you were struck by my victorious pose. One [...]

Furman Poverty Student Interns in Boston

By |2014-06-13T15:21:33-04:00September 17th, 2013|

Morgan Hobbs, Furman University   Furman University student Morgan Hobbs helped the unemployed with job training and procurement with Career Collaborative in Boston as part of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program. Hobbs is an economics major and a poverty studies minor in the Class of 2015. I spent the majority of my summer [...]

Baylor Intern Experiences Summer with Food Bank in Atlanta

By |2014-06-13T15:22:28-04:00September 16th, 2013|

Rachael Bell, Baylor University Rachael Bell, a student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a participant of the 2013 Shepherd Internship Program, shares a reflection on her summer with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. While interning at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), most days were different. I would work on daily [...]

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