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Boston College School of Social Work

Tiziana Dearing

Tiziana Dearing

Professor of Macro Practice, Global Practice
Co-Director, Center for Social Innovation
Co-Director, RISE3

Tiziana Dearing is Professor of Macro Practice and Co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. She is a Co-Founding Director, with Ruth McRoy and David Takeuchi, of the Research and Innovations in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3) at Boston College. Her current teaching focuses on social innovation and leadership. Additional research and teaching interests include poverty and inequity, especially in urban environments, nonprofits and philanthropy, and social justice in public policy.

Professor Dearing comes to the School of Social Work from the world of practice, where she led a number of anti-poverty organizations, including Boston Rising, a start-up anti-poverty fund, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, where she was the first woman president. Professor Dearing also served as the Executive Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and spent nearly a decade as a management consultant both to Fortune 500 companies and to mission-driven nonprofit organizations.

Professor Dearing blogs regularly for The Huffington PostWBUR’s Cognoscenti, and other national outlets. She provides frequent media commentary to both local and national media on topics such as nonprofits, philanthropy, and social justice.

Professor Dearing serves on the board of Community Resources for Justice and on several advisory councils, such as 90.9 WBUR, UTEC, and the Mobility Project at UMass/Boston. She has served as a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, a scholarly journal on the nonprofit sector, and in 2012 was appointed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve on Governor Patrick’s Commission on a Cashless EBT Payment System.

BCSSW Launches RISE Initative to Address Race, Place, and Poverty »

Read Tiziana Dearing's Opinion peice for CNN entitled 'The confusion that's driving support for Trump' »

Listen to Tiziana Dearing discuss the recent shooting in South Carolina of an unarmed black man by a white police officer on WBZ NightSide with Dan Rea and how the event is embedded in a national conversation on race relations.  »

Watch Tiziana Dearing's interview on WGBH 'Greater Boston' regarding the participatory budget process being implemented in Cambridge.  »

Read Tiziana Dearing's blog on the Huffington Post »

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