The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability combines coursework and service to develop students' capacity to think critically about, and respond humanely to, the moral and social problems associated with poverty. Participating students from the College, the Williams School, and the School of Law will be prepared to address poverty's challenges as responsible professionals and engaged community leaders.

Interested in a course?
Contact Howard Pickett

Interested in a paid summer internship?
Contact Fran Elrod

Interested in The Bonner Program?
Contact Marisa Charley

Interested in community-based research?
Contact Marisa Charley

Interested in the Campus Kitchen?
Contact Leah Green

Interested in Volunteer Venture, a pre-orientation service trip?
Contact Jenny Davidson

Interested in Nabors Service League or other community service opportunities?
Contact Jenny Davidson

Interested in the Elrod Fellowship and non-profit work after graduation?
Contact Fran Elrod

Interested in starting your own initiative?
The Shepherd Program coordinates student leadership with faculty, staff, and community partner expertise. Most of our co-curricular, as well as a number of our curricular, offerings began thanks to student energy and effort. Shepherd students interested in developing new community-based service or learning opportunities in Lexington or beyond should contact a Shepherd Staff member.  All new initiatives require a staff member to submit a new project form for approval.