Working with members of the local community is an invaluable part of a Shepherd Program education. These co-curricular opportunities range from serving meals at the Campus Kitchen to mentoring local students through the college application process.

Bonner Program

The Bonner Program is a unique leadership development program for students with an interest in service and civic engagement.

Community Academic Research Alliance (CARA)

The Community-Academic Research Alliance is a community-based research initiative that supports research partnerships between Washington and Lee University and non-profits in the Rockbridge area to address pressing community challenges. These partnerships aim simultaneously to mobilize the community for responsible social change, lay the foundation for a healthy community, and advance the education of Washington and Lee students. CARA projects can yield academic credits either in the form of independent study or course-based projects.

Nabors Service League

The Nabors Service League (NSL) is a student-run community service organization that strives to promote and encourage a spirit of service and to connect service with learning.

Volunteer Venture

Volunteer Venture is a one week service-learning pre-orientation program for incoming students. The program introduces students to the contributing factors of poverty in cities surrounding W&L.

Global Service House

To provide a student and service-oriented global center that will provide a focus for internationalism, a locale for increased cross-cultural engagement, and a visible home for service activity.