Mindy Wilson, Centre College’s associate director for the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD), is blending her love of academics and passion for social justice by joining the governing board of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty program (SHECP).
The organization focuses on the complex study of poverty by providing educational opportunities for college students and aiding in the diminishment of poverty and enhancement of human capabilities.
Through her role in the CCPD, Wilson has administered the internship program at Centre for the past 15 years. She also works on the College’s social justice minor committee and as a career counselor for arts and humanities students.
Stodghill Professor of Religion and College Chaplain Dr. Rick Axtell and Wilson have served on the College’s SHECP committee since the establishment of the program at the College in 2013.
“All SHECP schools require an academic director and an internship director be involved with the consortium,” explained Wilson. “As the internship coordinator at Centre, it was a natural fit.”
The SHECP board consists of faculty and staff from institutions nationwide who have knowledge and experience working with poverty-related issues. Wilson expressed that she was honored when asked to run for the position of secretary for the program.
Centre’s strong relationship with SHECP has created many educational opportunities for students. She elaborated that the program’s “wide range of disciplines and career trajectories” aided in facilitating enough interest to create a social justice minor at the College.
“In my work with interns and with the social justice minor committee, my own interest and knowledge has grown over the past few years,” she said. “I’m excited to be involved in a program that helps Centre students integrate their classroom learning about poverty and social justice issues with summer internships that help them see that learning in practice”.
Wilson is excited to continue working with students and colleagues nationwide toward the goal of alleviating poverty through her positions with SHECP and the College.
“In a past life, I worked in social work, so it was a perfect marriage of past experience and my current job at Centre,” she concluded.
by Makenzie Dries ’21
October 4, 2019
photo: Associate Director for the Center for Career & Professional Development Mindy Wilson, second from right