VALDRY CENTER FOR PHILANTHROPY AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
The Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University seeks to educate the socially conscious student, volunteer, and practitioner in the emerging field of philanthropic studies, through exploring the economic, historical, and philosophical rationales for voluntary action in the local, national, and international arenas.
The Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University will support the need for developing excellence in education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities through service to minority communities around the world, and become the training ground for individuals interested in exploring the field of philanthropic studies.
Philanthropic studies provides a theoretical framework and practical knowledge about the whys of giving and volunteering, as well as the how to of working within organizations and civil society to create change. The philanthropic studies degree and certificate program will offer students an opportunity to understand the cultural traditions of voluntary action and to practice working with others towards the common good. Students acquire the ability to discern and pursue ethical and value-based actions and ideas. The academic discipline prepares students for a wide variety of careers in educational, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations.