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Goluboff Named Interim Director


Sascha L. Goluboff, director of community-based learning and professor of cultural anthropology at Washington and Lee University, has been named the interim executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). Goluboff succeeds Tim Diette, who has led the program since the nonprofit returned to W&L’s campus in 2021. Diette will be transitioning to his new role as dean of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney College at the end of 2023.


Goluboff holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and anthropology and Russian studies from Colgate University, master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Pacific University. Goluboff has been a member of the W&L faculty since 1999, most recently teaching courses in cultural anthropology within the community-based learning program. Among them is a cultural anthropology class titled Narrating Our Stories: Culture, Society and Identity, which she taught at the Augusta Correctional Center and involved both W&L students and incarcerated individuals. She is trained as an instructor in the Inside-Out model from the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which facilitates dialogue and education across profound social differences; she currently serves as the program’s Virginia state coordinator.


As SHECP’s interim director, Goluboff will serve as a key ambassador and advocate for the Consortium and work closely with SHECP’s Governing Board, Council, and member schools to continue preparing students for a lifetime of diminishing poverty and to further connections between faculty, staff, and students across the field.


“I am excited to lead the consortium," said Goluboff. "When I first came to W&L, I watched in admiration as Professor Harlan Beckley led the building of this wonderful program. As my work in poverty studies has deepened through my community-based learning initiatives and own class offerings, I feel I am well suited to work with the amazing SHECP team to continue to offer robust programming for our affiliated faculty, staff and interns while also developing new offerings to facilitate even more networking and scholarship opportunities year-round. As we plan our 2024 internship season, I look forward to a wonderful summer of learning and growing together.”


“We are excited to welcome Sascha to SHECP and to continue the wonderful work we are doing to support our schools, faculty and staff, and students in expanding and improving educational opportunities related to poverty studies,” said Mindy Wilson, chair of the SHECP governing board. “Her wealth of administrative and community-engaged learning experience will be an asset as we move into our 26th year as an organization.”


Related post: Thank you, Tim!

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