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Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2016

JANUARY 21, 2016

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to  Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and  Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.

Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence.  See bio »  

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Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
John Larivee, Chief Executive Officer of Community Resources for Justice

John Larivee

FEBRUARY 14, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills and to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

John Larivee is the Chief Executive Officer at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) in Boston, MA. Larivee joined CRJ in 1974, as a supervisor of workers at the Deer Island House of Correction, a federal grant funded program of CRJ. Since being appointed as Deputy Director in 1975, his responsibilities have included providing consulting services to state and local criminal justice agencies, and government and media relations for CRJ. Larivee has served as Chief Executive Officer of CRJ since 1985.

Additionally, Larivee serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and is Past President. He is also Past President and a founding member of Citizens for Juvenile Justice and Past President of the International Community Corrections Association. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Larivee has served on the Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System (2012), the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice Innovation (2002), the Governor’s Advisory Council on Corrections (1989), and the Governor’s Advisory Council Youth Services (1999).

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at to reserve your spot.