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SHECP to Hold Closing Conference for 2018 Interns in Cleveland

CLEVELAND—The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) will hold its 2018 Frueauff Closing Conference, at the campuses of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and John Carroll University Aug. 4-5. SHECP is a collaboration between over two-dozen colleges and universities that integrates classroom study of poverty with tailored and focused summer internships and co-curricular activities.

Nearly 130 SHECP interns will gather to share their experiences following their work over the past eight weeks with nonprofits that address issues of poverty, including those related to community and individual services, education, healthcare and legal aid.

“SHECP interns are proving to be a force multiplier for nonprofits across our country,” said Brett Morash, SHECP executive director. “Through their prior learning and now, hands-on experience living and working embedded within seventeen communities, these young adults are making a difference in our nation.”

The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, will be the keynote speaker, Saturday evening in the Atrium at JCU’s Dolan Science Center.

Additional speakers include Dr. Alan L. Hull, the associate dean for curricular affairs in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Education Research and Development (CMERAD); Dr. James Krukones, interim academic vice president and professor of history, John Carroll University; and Lawrence Bresler, executive director of Organize! Ohio.

The full conference schedule can be found here.

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty is a nonprofit organization. To learn how you can support SHECP and its internship program, visit

About the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty: The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), is a consortium of colleges and universities that are committed to the study of poverty as a complex social problem, by expanding and improving educational opportunities for college students in a wide range of disciplines and career trajectories. SHECP institutions support undergraduates toward a lifetime of professional and civil efforts to diminish poverty and enhance human capability. For more information, please visit, or visit us on Twitter at @TheSHECP.


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