Shepherd Program

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The University of Notre Dame Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor is a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), based at Washington and Lee University.

Other members include Baylor University, Berea College, John Carroll University, Centre College, College of Wooster, Elon Unversity, Furman University, Hendrix College, Lynchburg College, Marymount University, Middlebury College, Milsaps College, Niagara University, Spelman College, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Virginia Military Institute.

SHECP works to bring about collaboration among its member institutions with the purpose of initiating and advancing curricular and co-curricular education focused on poverty and human capability.  The intent of this program is to prepare students for lives aimed at diminishing poverty and enhancing human capability through professional and civic efforts. 

As part of this mission, SHECP brings together students from member institutions with agencies that work to benefit our nation's impoverished.  Through the Shepherd Alliance internship program, students learn first-hand about the multi-dimensional nature of poverty in the United States.  In doing so, students work for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished areas through collaboration efforts with partner agencies and individuals who are working to improve their communities.  Shepherd Alliance partner agencies are centered around the areas of education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.