GSSW Dean Appointed to Archdiocese Task Force

GSSW Dean Appointed to Archdiocese Task Force

Graduate School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi has been invited to join an Archdiocese of Boston task force on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Alberto Godenzi.
The group, which includes deans and physicians from the Boston area, was formed by Cardinal Bernard Law in the wake of revelations and allegations of pedophilia and other sexual misconduct by archdiocesan clergy.

Godenzi and other task force members will critique the archdiocese's zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse and discuss improving outreach to victims and families. The group also will consider the possibility of establishing an interdisciplinary center for the prevention of sexual abuse of children.

"I hope I will contribute to constructive solutions that will provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children," said Godenzi, who has 20 years of research experience in sexual abuse issues.

Efforts by schools, camps and youth organizations to deal with sexual abuse could serve as guidelines in the task force's work, he said.

Godenzi said he hoped his participation in the task force "will reinforce and highlight the commitment of Boston College to social justice. The work that we do here every day at the Graduate School of Social Work is at the very heart of this mission. I am honored to serve in a role that will advance these ideals."

-Sean Smith


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