Shepherd Poverty Program Featured in AAC&U Publication

Diversity & Democracy, a publication of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, features an article in its current edition written by Harlan Beckley, director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability at Washington and Lee University. Titled “Understanding Socioeconomic Difference: Studies in Poverty and Human Capability,” the article describes the Shepherd Program and also notes that while it is tailored to W&L’s curriculum and mission, programs of this kind can be adapted to most institutions.

Harlan observes that the program can be both an awakening and a call to action:

“Students are often astonished to learn that more than twelve million children in the United States live in “food insecure” households, where inadequate nutrition can influence cognitive development. Discoveries like this motivate and inform their cocurricular work.”

You can read the entire article online or download a pdf of the newsletter.



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