from The Bridge: Fall 2009 issue
Since Professor Harlan Beckley founded the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability in 1997, hundreds of W&L students have learned about the causes of and solutions to poverty in the United States and the world.
In 2007, two anonymous donors honored Beckley by establishing the Harlan Beckley Endowment Fund. The donors regard the Shepherd Program as a crown jewel of the University's curriculum. The program not only exposes students to a significant social problem, but it also gets them involved in making a difference, in Lexington and around the world, through hands-on internships. The donors also recognized that Beckley broke new ground in designing the Shepherd Program. Now other colleges are beginning to emulate it and regard it as a national model.
The Harlan Beckley Endowment Fund provides permanent salary support for the director of the Shepherd Program.