Shepherd Poverty Program

Shepherd Poverty Program

The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability incorporates a spirit of engagement and service into students’ extra-curricular and academic lives. Shepherd students learn how to address the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality 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.

Shepherd in the News

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

Stories


W&L’s Tanajia Moye-Green Among 2024 Class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Moye-Green ’23 is the university’s first Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

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Nabors Service Day 2024

Commemorating 25 Years of Service

Nabors Service League continues to honor the late Jonathan Nabors ’02 by bringing students together to help the greater Rockbridge area.

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Annual Souper Bowl Raises Money for W&L’s Backpack Program

This year’s event raised more than $10,000 to support the Campus Kitchen’s hunger-fighting project.

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The 11th Annual Campus Kitchen Souper Bowl in Evans Hall

W&L’s Campus Kitchen Hosts 12th Annual Souper Bowl

All proceeds from the Feb. 4 event will support the Campus Kitchen at W&L’s Backpack Program.

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This year’s series, titled “Just Food: Food and the Carceral System,” will include events that focus on how food systems intersect with the carceral system.

Just Food: Food and Culture (Winter 2024)

Campus Kitchen’s annual event series continues with its Winter Term 2024 lineup, examining the ways in which food systems interact with issues of social justice.

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Peter Edelman of Georgetown University to Deliver Virtual Lecture on Poverty

Edelman’s talk will be held on Jan. 17 and is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mile Clinic.

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Goluboff Announced as Interim Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium

The professor of cultural anthropology will serve a dual role leading Community-Based Learning and the SHECP Consortium.

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Campus Kitchen at W&L Hosts Annual Turkeypalooza

The community is encouraged to participate and donate to support Campus Kitchen’s programming, which kicks off Nov. 5.

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This year’s series, titled “Just Food: Food and the Carceral System,” will include events that focus on how food systems intersect with the carceral system.

Just Food: Food and Culture (2023-2024)

Campus Kitchen’s annual event series examines the ways in which food systems interact with issues of social justice.

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Lending a Helping Hand

Washington and Lee students gain new perspectives after internships through the Shepherd Program.

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Campus Kitchen Coordinator Ryan Brink prepares to make snack packs for the Backpack Program.

Campus Kitchen Receives Donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

The donation will support the Campus Kitchen Backpack Program.

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