VMI Shepherd Poverty Program
VMI’s Shepherd Program for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability integrates academic
study and learning through service and reflection.
The program’s focus is two-fold:
- to inform cadets regarding the
issues related to poverty
- to determine what can be done to
foster human capabilities for communities and individuals who have been left
behind in domestic and international development.
Providing a structure for student
leadership and volunteer service in the local Rockbridge community and summer
internships across the nation as a part of VMI’s effort to accentuate student
honor, leadership and learning.
In keeping with VMI’s mission to cultivate
citizen soldiers, the Shepherd Program seeks to offer opportunities for cadets
to acquire skills and qualities of character that dispose them to serve
communities and disadvantaged individuals.
In the future cadets can be
conscious of how their conduct as leaders, professionals, and citizens will
affect the opportunities of disadvantaged persons to contribute to a better
life for themselves, their families and their communities. Thus, the Shepherd
Program is integral to the total education on which VMI prides itself.