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! A series of events focused on climate change, environmental racism, and the work toward a just transition. All events will be held at Villanova University, April 7-9, 2017 at Villanova University. More details...
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: 2017-2018 WFI STUDENT GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! Our newest initiative funds projects connecting undergraduate Communication students to social justice activism! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE 4/24/2017! More details...
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 WFI RESEARCH GRANTS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! This program supports faculty and doctoral-level scholars working at the intersection of Communication and social justice. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE 5/5/2017! 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