Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, Inc.
The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a nonprofit promoting poverty studies programs in undergraduate and professional schools, supports a collaborative summer internship integrated with course-work and community engagement opportunities during the academic year. We seek to maintain and advance this unique interdisciplinary program of study with the purpose of enriching, not replacing, multiple student majors with a principally liberal arts preparation for many different professional and civic vocations. We know that the work of healthcare professionals, lawyers, businesspersons, educators, ministers, and community development specialists, as well as public policy experts and social workers, impinge on poverty. We need more citizens informed and committed to diminishing poverty through their work and civic activity. Undergraduate education has heretofore largely ignored sustained education in poverty studies except for a few research-oriented programs.