The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society

The Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) is founded on the principle that the study and practice of communication is inherently connected to issues of ethics and social justice, and that properly understood, communication is central to the creation of positive social change. WFI is housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Funded by a generous gift from Lawrence Waterhouse Jr., ’59 A&S, founder of Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc. (the precursor to TD Waterhouse Investor Services and later TD Ameritrade), the WFI explores the ethical dimensions of communication and its role in creating social change by funding research grants and student programs, as well as hosting events and symposia connecting communication scholars and professionals from around the globe.

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about the WFI, our mission, and how to get involved.

Upcoming WFI Events

Summer Workshop - Diversity Through Dialogue: Living Diversity, Communicating Justice

Workshop Co-Sponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, the Department of Communication, and the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Villanova University. Read more...

Just Announced! The 2014/15 WFI Symposium:
Communication, Postcoloniality, and Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations

The Symposium will be held March 26-29, 2015, on Villanova University’s campus.

* 2015 WFI Call for Proposals.pdf
Download the Call for Proposals