Katie Shester is an associate professor of economics and a core faculty member for the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Shepherd Poverty Program
This year’s events will kick off on Nov. 11. The community is encouraged to volunteer and donate to support Campus Kitchen’s programming.
Ryan Brink serves as Campus Kitchen coordinator.
Alumni and friends of the Bonner Program are invited to a reception in Mattingly House during Young Alumni Weekend.
How one W&L graduate empowers women farmers in Africa.
In Case You Missed It
Eric Bazile '25 is interning with the Austin Greater Chamber of Commerce through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP).
Washington and Lee has been selected as the new academic home of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) following a competitive application process. Tim Diette has been named executive director of the consortium.
Zainab Abiza '19 interviews Morten Wendelbo '12 about his research focusing on economic development, humanitarian aid and food security.
Molly Mann '20 combined fitness and service learning during her Shepherd summer internship at Back on My Feet in Washington, D.C.
Ali Greenberg ’13 has opened a flexible workspace and social club in Richmond that emphasizes community for women and gender minorities.
Following the theme “Poverty, Inequality and Work Today,” the talk is titled "The Tumbleweed Society: What Happens When People Assume Job Insecurity Is Inevitable."
This year’s event focuses on “Exploring Careers and Issues in Social Innovation and Responsible Leadership.”
Shadowing doctors in Peru allowed Bryan D'Ostroph '19 to practice his Spanish and firm up future career plans in health care.
Through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, Tyra Barrett '18 interned at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in New Jersey.
Jake Roberts' study abroad trip started with an earthquake, and ended with him finding a passion for public health.
Hannah Falchuk's passion for journalism has her reporting both in New York City and local Rockbridge.
Meet Laura Beth Lavette ‘17, a senior with a passion for introducing first-year students to W&L.
Meet Matt Lubas '18, an engineer who spends his spare time building communities.
Meet Stephanie Chung '18, an anthropology major with a passion for women's health advocacy.
Campus Kitchen awarded a $15,500 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund to support its weekend backpack snack program and to help supply its mobile-food pantries.
David Sugerman '99 combines medicine with social service, responding to crises around the world and training those on the front lines of disease control.
MK Asante, bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper and professor, will give the Oct. 15 keynote address for the annual Bonner Congress, held this year at Washington and Lee University. The lecture will be at 9 a.m. in Stackhouse Theater and is free and open to the public.
A double major in English and geology, plus a curiosity about the world around him, led Hanson to a career as a freelance writer, photographer and videographer. He is the author of "Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival" and producer of the documentary film "Who Owns the Water."
Colin Wallace, from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, a senior at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the Rotary District 7570 Skelton/Jones Scholarship, previously the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Washington and Lee University senior Anna Paden Carson of Roanoke, Virginia, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Colombia.
Rachel Adato, an Israeli doctor, lawyer, politician and former member of the Knesset, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room (room 101).
Thomas Ringgold Shepherd, an emeritus trustee, alumnus and significant benefactor of Washington and Lee University, died on March 19, 2016. A resident of Stow, Massachusetts, he was 86.
The Islands Society named Danielle Breidung, a 2013 graduate of Washington and Lee University, as its inaugural Lowcountry Emerging Leader by its constituent society for the Lowcountry — the Sea Islands Society. She received the award based on her focus on empowering local communities in the Lowcountry through collaborations with human services and other organizations in South Carolina.
Journalist David Hanson will give a talk on “Breaking through Concrete: Next-level Grassroots Initiatives Developing a Healthy Food Movement in Low-income Communities” at Washington and Lee University on March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Hillel House, room 101.
Marisa Charley, coordinator of student service leadership and research with the Shepherd Poverty Program at Washington and Lee University, was recognized as a second-year National Bonner Fellow for the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.
The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University hosted its fourth annual Souper Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 31, raising over $7,300 from about 500 attendees to support its Backpack Program, a hunger-fighting project that began in 2009 as a partnership between CKWL and local schools.
Caroline Osella, a reader in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, will lecture at W&L as part of the Winter 2016 Global Fellows Seminar: Tradition and Change in the Middle East and South Asia. Her talk will be Jan. 27, 2016, at 5 p.m. in Hillel 101.
On Aug. 2, Washington and Lee University’s Shepherd Poverty Program and Virginia Military Institute (VMI) hosted the 4th Annual Symposium of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) to examine the relationship between food and childhood health.
The increasing nutrition gap between children from the upper and lower classes will be the focus of the 4th Annual Symposium of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) on Aug. 2 in Lexington, Virginia.
Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL) has won both a national award for its impact on hunger in the community and a grant to address hunger among the area's older adults.
Katrina Spiezio of Taunton, Massachusetts, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Spiezio will be studying abroad in China during W&L's Spring Term.
Washington and Lee University received a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund that will help support a new initiative at W&L to enhance and expand community engagement and service-learning (CE/SL) in the Rockbridge County area.
Washington and Lee University will host a Millennial Prison Reform Kickstart event, "Look Behind the Wall of Incarceration in America," on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:00 p.m., in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Washington and Lee University has been named to President Barack Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, one of 120 schools in the nation to receive this designation. This is the third year in a row that the University has attained this status.
The week of Nov. 16-24 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University will be doing its part to help address the problem with its eighth annual Turkeypalooza. The event kicks off Friday Nov. 14 with Bring Your Turkey to Work Day.
Annelise Madison of Roca, Neb., and Alvin Thomas of Skokie, Ill., seniors at Washington and Lee University, have been awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion, the university's highest student honor.
Christopher Curfman, of Altoona, Pa., and Edward Stroud of Shreveport, La., first-year students at Washington and Lee University, have been selected from a group of finalists for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program.
Washington and Lee University has announced the final round of students who will receive 2014 Johnson Opportunity Grants. The grants cover living, travel and other costs associated with the students' proposed activities, which are designed to help them with their future careers and fields of study.
Washington and Lee University has announced the first round of students selected to receive 2014 Johnson Opportunity Grants, and the second round of selections is underway.
Vincent Kim of Grand Blanc, Mich., a senior at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for a Ph.D. program in physics at Cambridge University in England. The three-year scholarship provides tuition and a stipend.
The Feb. 28 event will focus on several pressing issues in society and their impact on child welfare law and practice, including immigration and evolution of rights in the LGBT community.
This week, students at Washington and Lee University will be sleeping outside in near-freezing temperatures, trying to buy groceries for $1.40 per meal, and distributing Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need.
Four VISTA members will begin their work with local organizations in February 2014.
Three national leaders in the field of poverty studies addressed the Shepherd Consortium Teaching Symposium.
The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty's second teaching symposium will focus on families, children and poverty.
Shannon Elizabeth Bell, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, recently won the 2013 Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism from the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.
92 college and law students gathered in Lexington last weekend to prepare for unusual eight-week internships with agencies that work to benefit impoverished members of society, sponsored by the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.
Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL) was awarded the Outstanding Educational Institution Volunteer Program award for 2013 by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on Thursday, June 6.
Charlotte Collins, from Dallas, Texas, a member of the Class of 2014 at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Award.
Howard Pickett has been named director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability at Washington and Lee. Pickett will succeed the program's founding director, Harlan Beckley, at the end of the academic year.
Washington and Lee University students Alvin Thomas and Erica Schwotzer will be recognized at the Generals of the Month presentation for May on Thursday, May 2, at 12:20 p.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons.
Emmanuel Abebrese, a Washington and Lee University sophomore, has won a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace 2013.
Washington and Lee University has been named once again to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
A group of Washington and Lee students has established a new program, College Access, to provide college counseling to Rockbridge County High School students.
A Washington and Lee University senior has completed a comprehensive study of whether or not tax expenditures that reduce revenues for social and economic purposes are helping those citizens who live in poverty.
Washington and Lee's Global Service House opened this fall to provide a focus for internationalism, a locale for increased cross-cultural engagement, and a visible home for service activity.
The Weekend Backpack Snack Program at Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL) has received a grant for $2,000 from the Sodexo Foundation, supported by Youth Service America.
Journalists from around the country gathered at Washington and Lee to discuss how to write about poverty and economic injustice during the first Knight Poverty Journalism Conference.
Journalists from around the country who write about poverty and economic justice will convene at Washington and Lee University next month for the inaugural Knight Poverty Journalism Conference.
A new consortium of colleges and universities that offer poverty studies will hold a two-day conference on Aug. 7 and 8 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), established earlier this spring, introduces into undergraduate […]
Washington and Lee University’s Community-Academic Research Alliance (CARA) hosted its first annual celebration in May, which showcased the work that student researchers completed for area non-profits over the past academic year.
Harlan Beckley, director of Washington and Lee's Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, and W&L senior Joe Landry discussed poverty issues on WMRA's call-in talk show, Virginia Insight, Monday (June 18) on WMRA, the National Public Radio affiliate in Harrisonburg. Harlan is the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Religion at […]
More than 70 students from 14 colleges and universities will be spending their summers in internships where they will learn about the nature of poverty as part of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.
Two members of Washington and Lee University's 2012 graduating class, Tyler Grant of Suwanee, Ga., and Ryan Hartman of Yorktown, Va., have received grants for postgraduate study from the prestigious Fulbright Program while a third, Shiri Yadlin of Irvine, Calif., received a U.S. teaching assistantship to Austria.
The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL) has celebrated reaching the milestone of delivering its 100,000th meal in the Rockbridge area.
Three organizations in Shreveport, La., reaped the benefit of a choice that students from Washington and Lee University made in April: to spend their spring break not on vacation but doing community service in that city. W&L's Shepherd Poverty Program coordinated the Alternative Spring Break. The students spent the first two days painting a grocery […]
For the second time in as many years, Washington and Lee University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and in placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement, […]
Washington and Lee University students Kelli Jarrell and Stephen Deyarmin will be recognized at the Generals of the Month presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons. Jarrell, a senior from Dry Creek, W.Va., is a biochemistry (pre-med) major with a minor in poverty and human capability studies. She is […]
Indivar Dutta-Gupta, a policy advisor with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University of Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library. The title of Dutta-Gupta’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Poverty in America: […]
Shiri Yadlin, a Washington and Lee University senior from Irvine, Calif., won the Ingrid Easton Student Visionary Award from the Campus Kitchens Project at its national conference in St. Louis, Mo., last week. The award is named for Ingrid Easton, a 2006 graduate of W&L who opened the University's Campus Kitchen in September 2006. It […]
Harlan Beckley, the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Religion and director of the Shepherd Poverty Program at Washington and Lee University, has been named to a three-year term on the Board of Visitors of the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP). Beckley is one of nine new board members who CKP announced at its annual conference on […]
Thanks to a new effort by faculty and students, Washington and Lee University law students interested in studying poverty issues as part of their legal education now have any even greater array of opportunities to explore. Partnering with the University's Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability, the law school has identified law courses, clinics, […]
This past August, Harlan Beckley, the director of W&L's Shepherd Poverty Program, told a group of entering Washington and Lee University students headed out to volunteer in impoverished communities that the U.S. poverty rate would soon rise above 15 percent. So Beckley was not surprised when the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that 15.1 […]