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Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation

"Social work must be on the front line of research and at the table for discus­sions of innovative ways to address social issues."

—Stephanie Berzin, CSI Co-Director

GSSW Magazine

See BC Social Work Magazine story on new Social Innovation Macro Program.

Click to read the press release from Ashoka

Boston College Designated 'Changemaker Campus'

The Center for Social Innovation (CSI)


The Center for Social Innovation promotes “innovation from within.” Our mission is to foster effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice. We strive to build capacity within the social sector by preparing tomorrow’s social service leaders, promoting the capacity of existing social service agencies to respond to current and future social issues, and building the evidence-base for social innovation.

Core Strategies

The CSI aims to be a premier resource, for practitioners and scholars by:

  • providing training, resources and supports to leaders in the social service sector;
  • conducting cutting-edge research that will open new avenues for the rigorous study of social innovation;
  • collaborating with social service agencies to design and implement transformational responses to social problems;
  • supporting a practice and learning community for social innovation leaders;
  • offering opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of and connection to social innovation through events;
  • promoting and supporting the MSW Program in Social Innovation and Leadership.


CSI Co-Directors

Stephanie Cosner Berzin, Ph.D

Tiziana Dearing