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:

  • The WFI is sponsoring the North American premiere of an exhibition, "World Conflict Photography." Experience the work of award-winning journalists covering conflicts worldwide. The exhibition opening events are on February 3, and the exhibition will run from Feb 3-9. For more information and the full schedule of events, click here...
  • The WFI will be sponsoring a poetry performance and workshop with nationally and internationally acclaimed slam poet, Ed Mabrey! The events will take place on April 13 & 14. Keep checking back for details later as we announce them--this will be a fantastic series of events! Click here for more detail on Ed Mabrey & his work!
  • APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018-19 WFI RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM ARE NOW LIVE--APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 7, 2018. Click here for more details on the program. Click here to start your application!
  • ANNOUNCING OUR 2017-18 WFI STUDENT GRANT AWARDEE: JAZMIN GOODWIN, HOWARD UNIVERSITY. Jazmin's grant-winning project is entitled: "COZY GIRLZ: Curating Cozy Connections, Conversations, and Community for Women in Male-Dominated Industries." More details...
  • ANNOUNCING OUR 2017-2018 WFI RESEARCH GRANTS RECIPIENTS! In 2017-18, the WFI awarded nearly $60,000 to faculty and doctoral-level scholars across the globe. Further, these scholars and their projects were an outstanding group; our acceptance rate for this year's grant program was only 17%. Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients. Interested in the WFI Research Grant Program, or learning more about this year's (or past years') recipients? More details...
  • The WFI contributed to the National Communication Association's new publication on scholarship and activism, "Communication's Civic Callings"--check it out and download the PDF!
  • The WFI helped the National Communication Association unite scholarship and social justice through major events in 2016 and 2017! In 2017, the WFI sponsored "Lyrical Justice," a spotlight poetry slam engaging vital issues of social justice--and was a major success. In 2016, the WFI helped NCA connect scholarship and activism through the Social Justice Exchange. This spotlight event was part of the unique programming for NCA's 102nd conference: Communication's Civic Callings!
  • Our 2017 WFI Symposium: The Just Transition Conference: Communicating Power in an Age of Climactic Change was a great success! A series of events focused on climate change, environmental racism, and the work toward a just transition. For more details, and photos from the event, visit us on Facebook!
  • Two WFI-funded Social Justice Documentaries chosen as finalists for the Student Academy Awards