Millsaps College has been selected as the new academic home of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). Established at Washington and Lee University in 1998 as the “Shepherd Poverty Alliance,” a poverty studies program, SHECP has grown into a nonprofit association of 23 higher educational institutions in the United States, dedicated to the goal of preparing students for a lifetime of professional, civic, and political activity that will diminish poverty.
The new partnership between Millsaps and SHECP will formally begin July 1, 2017 and run for a three-year term, through June 30, 2020.
Another key component of the agreement is the announcement that Dr. Stephanie Rolph, associate professor of history at Millsaps, will take on the role of academic director for SHECP effective July 1. In this role, Rolph will work with the executive director of the Consortium to manage all academic partnerships and programs, including supervision of an internship director, collaboration with the Consortium board and member schools, and fundraising.