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Researching Magic: Exploring the Impact of Birthday Celebrations for Children in Homelessness

FEBRUARY 3, 2015

The new year has brought about a new work collaborative between the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) and Birthday Wishes, an organization dedicated to providing homeless children with the magic of a birthday party. The Center is excited about partnering with Birthday Wishes in this yearlong exploratory evaluation and to work towards demonstrating their impact and support their overall work. Continue Reading»

Exploratory Technology Grant Awarded: Expanding New Horizons for Social Work Practice

JANUARY 13, 2015

The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Boston College School of Social Work is excited to announce we have received funds to support the use of technology on our upcoming student trip to Santiago, Chile. This summer CSI Co-Director, Dr. Stephanie Berzin and Assistant Director, Humberto Camarena will lead a group of social work students to Chile to participate in a cross-cultural course experience. The Exploratory Technology Grant (ETG) has provided the funding to purchase cutting edge technological tools for participating students to utilize in their field work while in Chile. Continue Reading»

CSI Now on Twitter!

JANUARY 1, 2015

As the BC Center for Social Innovation continues to participate in exciting work around innovation to address social problems, we wanted to find a way to continuously share this information with all those interested and invested in this world. This has encouraged us to start our own Twitter! 

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Follow us @BC_Innovation.


Camarena Presents on Innovation in Education in Nicaragua

OCTOBER 15-19, 2014

Joining leaders from over 20 countries, Assistant Director of the Center for Social Innovation, Humberto Camarena, led the discussion on innovation in higher education to explore strategies for engaging students and educators through innovation. Continue Reading»

New Innovation Collaborative with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile

AUGUST 1, 2014

A new collaboration is recently underway between the BC Center for Social Innovation and Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile. The two universities are partnering to advance the field of Social Innovation by engaging in a one-year collaborative project involving faculty, students, and local NGOs in Santiago, Chile. This unique opportunity for international academic and student exchange will serve as a stepping stone for further collaborations in the future between the two schools of social work. Continue reading»

Center Leads Conversation on Social Innovation at Management Conference

JUNE 30, 2014

This June, leaders in the field of social work across academia, research, and practice convened at the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference to discuss "Management in the Age of Innovation" at Simmons College in Boston. Throughout the course of two days, deans and directors of schools of social work engaged with executive directors and CEOs of leading organizations, while workers on the front lines shared their perspectives on how social workers can make a difference through innovation toward building organizations for change. Faculty and students studying tomorrow's best practices in management discussed the emerging skill sets needed for tomorrow's leaders. Attendees represented organizations from across the United States.  Continue reading »

"Social Business: A New Path for Capitalism?"

OCTOBER 17, 2013

Independent film producer and author Stephanie Failloux screened "Social Business", a new 50 minute film giving a fresh perspective on the potential for entrepreneurs to tackle social problems, seen through the example of a for-profit start-up in Cambodia. Stephanie Failloux shared with students and faculty her experience with using film as a medium to open minds and mobilize entrepreneurs into action. This event was sponsored by The Center for Social Innovation, GSSW Social Innovation and Leadership, and BC Venture Competition.

Leadership: A Diasporan Diplomat's Reflections from Nigeria

OCTOBER 10, 2013

On October 10th, the Center for Social Innovation welcomed Atim Eneida George, who spoke with students and faculty on her experiences in leveraging public policy to eradicate poverty, promote social justice and gender equity. The event was co-sponsored by Global Practice Concentration and Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL). Continue Reading»

How Are We Leading The Way?

JUNE 17, 2013

On June 17, leaders and partners from the public service sector, private sector, and academia engaged in a discussion around innovation and its practice in human service agencies. The event was cosponsored by the Providers’ Council, Massachussetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. Continue Reading»


CSI Partners with City Awake Boston

DECEMBER 4- 13, 2014

A 10 day social impact festival is coming to Boston! City Awake will bring together more than 170 partner organizations to connect and celebrate Boston's dynamic social impact community. Featuring over 50 planned events including panels, presentations, and hands-on workshops, City Awake aims to showcase and strengthen the diverse and impactful work being done by Boston's impact sector. Learn more at»

Macro Social Work Student Group Meeting

Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm in McGuinn 437

The MSWSG meets on a monthly basis to provide students with an opportunity to engage in practical macro social work skills and build networks to foster further professional development and success. November’s meeting will focus on the following topics: Defining macro social work, Negotiation 101, and the upcoming Innovation Symposium

For more information, visit the MSWSG website.

Provider's Council Panel on Social Innovation

NOVEMBER 17, 2014   

The BC Center for Social Innovation will be presenting findings from the Leading the Way report as well as moderating a panel discussion on social innovation at the Providers’ Council 39th Annual Convention and Expo on Monday, November 17 in Boston, MA. Each year there is an offering of 32 workshops designed for a wide range of staff in human service organizations, from direct care staff to executives - the Convention attracts about 1000 attendees from the Massachusetts human services sector.

For more information and registration, click here.

Social Work Is BC: A School Celebration

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

6:00–8:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
RSVP here »
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

On November 11, the university will officially recognize our name change to the Boston College School of Social Work, the original name of our school in 1936. We will mark this important event in our history by celebrating our presence at the very heart of Boston College's mission of social justice and service to others.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families are all invited to participate in the "Social Work is BC" event.  More about Social Work Is BC »

Berzin to Speak at MIT Conference on Climate Change

NOVEMBER 6-7, 2014

Stephanie Berzin will be giving a talk at the Crowds and Climate Conference, at MIT, which will focus on how new bottom-up, technology-enabled approaches—such as crowdsourcing, social media, and big data—can help in developing creative new ideas and taking action on climate change. For more information and registration click here.

Lunch with Leader Talia Rivera

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Ian Witherby at to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.

Lunch with Leader Elizabeth Nahar

OCTOBER 3, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons

Elizabeth Nahar currently serves as Director of Sustainability for ChildObesity180, a childhood obesity prevention organization at Tufts University.

The event seating is limited to 10 seats, and sign-up will be on a first come, first-served basis until the 10 seats are filled. Please email to reserve a seat.

Social Innovation Day

April 8, 2014

Join us for this year’s Social Innovation Day! Teams of Social Innovation and Leadership students at the Graduate School of Social Work will gather for a day long series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. Presentations are from 9:30-10:45am at the Idea Fair and from 3-5pm during the group presentations. The event will be held at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton Campus. Read More»

Lunch with Leader Andrea Perry

Friday, March 28th

12:00-1:00pm McElroy Commons

Our next Leadership Luch will feature Andrea Perry, LICSW, Executive Director of YouthConnect. The lunch will be held in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Christopher Watt at

Lunch with Leader John Larivee

Friday, February 14th

11:50am-1:00pm McElroy Commons

The upcoming Leadership Lunch will be with John Larivee, CEO of Community Resources for Justice. The lunch will be located in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Chris Watt at

From Financial Services to Social Services

January 22, 2014


Campion 139

We invite GSSW students, staff and faculty to join us for a presentation and conversation with Michael Gilligan,'77, Chairman of the Board of LIFT Boston. LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. They are working towards establishing a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty.

Lunch with Leader Mike Durkin

Thursday, December 5th

12:20-2pm McGuinn 526

Mike Durkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay And Merrimack Valley. The event seating is limited to 10 seats, and sign-up will be on a first come, first-served basis until the 10 seats are filled. Please email to reserve a seat.

Leadership: A Diasporan Diplomat's Reflections from Nigeria

October 10th, 2013

12:30pm to 1:50pm

McGuinn 334

A Social Innovation and Leadership & Global Practice Event. Presenter Atim Eneida George, a Foreign Service Officer for 30 years in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa will be sharing her experiences in leveraging public policy to eradicate poverty,promote social justice and gender equity.

How Are We Leading The Way?

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Boston College: Brighton Campus

2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA

How are we Leading The Way? will be an opportunity for social sector leaders and partners to discuss social innovation among social sector organizations in Massachusetts. The event will bring together participants of the Leading the Way report, organizations that are seeking to learn from master social innovators, and public sector participants interested in social innovation. More about the social innovation roundtable »

Social Innovation Training

April 13, 2013

9:00am-5:00pm Bogota, Colombia

CSI co-director Dr.Stephanie Berzin will present a training on social innovation to Fe Y Alegria.

Social Impact Bonds:" Paying for Success"

April 18th 12:30 to 2:00pm

McGuinn 5th floor lounge

Come hear how innovation is changing the landscape of funding of the future.

Panel Presentation: : Edward Dolan, Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services; Caroline Whistler, partner at Third Sector; and Tom McKenna, the Executive Director of Roca.


Cradles to Crayons

April 22,2013

7:00PM Devlin Hall Room 008

CSI welcomes Lynn Margherio,Founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons-an organizaton that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play.

Social Innovation Day

April 8, 2013

Social Innovation Day 2013 will give Social Innovation and Leadership students an opportunity to experience Social Innovation firsthand.Through interactive experiences and activities,students will develop their own innovative solutions.

More Than Words

February 7, 2013

1:00PM McGuinn Room 334

CSI welcomed three representatives from More than Words, an organization that empowers youth who find themselves in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless or out of school how to take charge of a business who shared their experience of running a successful and sustainable social enterprise.