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.

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We cannot communicate without also bearing responsibility for the self, the other, the world that we thereby bring into being.