As Arkansas’s premier metropolitan university, UALR is committed to responding to the needs of the community by creating active links between the campus, community and commerce. UALR serves a different kind of student—about half are balancing families, careers and school. The university is able to put its students in close contact with the state’s most influential leaders in government, business, industry, medicine and information technology because of its location in Arkansas’s capital city.
UALR joined the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty in fall 2011 and is pleased to be a charter member of the Consortium and to engage our students in a truly service-learning experience focused on poverty and human capability. The UALR Shepherd curriculum strives to educate and inform participating students about poverty and its reduction; to promote the development of student leadership through service learning; to engender an ethos of volunteerism; and to help students develop skills that prepare them to serve community and individuals.
UALR’s undergraduate program is an 18-credit hour certificate led by a faculty adviser and administrative adviser housed in the Office of Community Engagement, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement. Students accepted to the program will commit to the eight-week, summer placement. To strengthen the certificate program in poverty studies, we will endeavor to enhance the academic curriculum with other initiatives, such as nurturing scholarly and applied research, and creating a lecture series that features both academic and community experts from central Arkansas and beyond.
Led by advisors at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, the law program is a 15-credit certificate. Appropriate stipends or teaching and research grants will be included in the program’s budget. Up to five law students will be admitted to the program each year once they have completed the law school’s required first-year curriculum. Special emphasis will be placed on recruiting students who can participate fully in the Shepherd Program, including the required summer internship. Advisors will assist students in selecting appropriate electives among courses offered by the UALR Bowen School of Law.
Both undergraduate and law students will be accepted into their respective programs based on grade point average, a resume of volunteer and service learning activities, a statement of purpose and commitment, and an in-person interview.
Don E. Willis, Ph.D.