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:

  • 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!
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED!! 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 NOW DUE MAY 5, 2017, AT 11:59PM EST! More details...
  • DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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