Marymount University Hosts Opening Conference of Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty

A pair of Marymount University students are interning with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty this summer, and participated in its opening conference, which Marymount hosted last week.

Kerry Hagerty, a junior sociology major, is serving at Charleston, West Virginia’s YWCA and will work with clients dealing with domestic violence. Quinn Healy, a senior economics major, is working at City of Refuge in Atlanta and will focus on the fight against sex trafficking.

“The internships offered through the consortium can help students with their careers, but they also really broaden their perspectives on how poverty can happen in this country,” said Brian Doyle, chair of MU’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. “They’ll be challenged academically, personally and socially over these next eight weeks and will come back with a much better understanding of the cycle of poverty and the struggles to overcome it.”

The consortium, a nonprofit promoting poverty studies programs in undergraduate and professional schools, supports the collaborative summer internship integrated with coursework and community engagement opportunities during the academic year.

Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) spoke at the conference about his work in the House of Representatives to fight poverty. Participants from 25 colleges and universities attended.
A closing conference will be held in August at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and John Carrol University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Marymount University’s Dr. Brian Doyle, Kerry Hagerty, Congressman Jim McGovern, Quinn Healy and Dr.  Brian Hollar were at the opening conference of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, which Marymount hosted June 7-9.