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 a spotlight event at the 2018 National Communication Association annual meeting: "Lyrical Justice," a session engaging social justice through a spoken word poetry slam showcase of award-winning, world class artists. Learn more here...
  • The WFI SYMPOSIA WILL RETURN IN 2018! Keep checking back for details later in Fall 2017 as we announce them--we have a great event in the making!
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • The WFI helped the National Communication Association unite 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!
  • Two WFI-funded Social Justice Documentaries chosen as finalists for the Student Academy Awards