The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society

The Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI), housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication, was established by a generous gift from Lawrence Waterhouse Jr., ’59 A&S, founder of Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc.

The WFI was founded to highlight the centrality of Communication in the creation of social change. Our goal is to serve as the center of an international network of Communication scholars, practitioners, and activists working to create a more just social world.


WFI News and Upcoming Events:

  • JUST ANNOUNCED: 2017 WFI Symposium: The Just Transition Conference: Communicating Power in an Age of Climactic Change! Cosponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute & BoulderTalks, April 7-9, 2017 at Villanova University. More details...
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: 2016-2017 STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM! Our newest initiative funds projects connecting undergraduate Communication students to social justice activism! More details...
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: 2016-2017 WFI RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS due May 6, 2016! More details...
  • The WFI helps the National Communication Association create the Social Justice Exchange for NCA's 102nd conference: Communication's Civic Callings!
  • Two WFI-funded Social Justice Documentaries chosen as finalists for the Student Academy Awards