Shepherd Poverty Program

Shepherd Poverty Program

The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability incorporates service into students’ extra-curricular and academic lives. Shepherd students learn to address poverty in ways that respect the dignity of every person, through community engagement and academic offerings, including a minor and internship opportunities.

Students weave poverty-related courses across disciplines (economics, education, law, philosophy, politics, sociology, and more) with hands-on service and internship experiences to supplement their major areas of study. Those pursuing a minor in poverty studies undertake capstone research projects that connect their concerns about poverty and inequality with their future civic and professional lives.

For over 20 years, The Shepherd Program has supported student leadership and service opportunities in the local Rockbridge area and beyond. Understanding the causes, consequences, and most promising remedies of poverty requires direct collaboration with community partners. 

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Students and graduates of the Shepherd Poverty Program are involved all over campus and all over the world.

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