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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.
 See bio »

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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Events

Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Race and Justice"

Diversity and Alumni Event

JANUARY 9, 2015
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
2 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race and Justice," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

In academic year 2014-2015, the BC Social Work community is focusing on Race and Justice. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore the challenges that social workers face in meeting the needs of diverse populations.

Keynote Speaker
John H. Jackson
John H. Jackson

John H. Jackson
President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education

On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education.

Dr. Jackson also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Jackson possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; a Master of Education in Education Policy from the University of Illinois' College of Education; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois' College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson received a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Jackson served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President's 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

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. We are pleased to announce the 2015 award recipients:

  • Distinguished Recent Alumni Award: Colleen Fitzgerald, MSW '11. Fitzgerald is currently employed by the International Rescue Committee in Beirut, Lebanon, working in the Syria Refugee Response.  See bio »
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: James A. Martin, MSW '70. Martin is a Professor of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College and a LICSW with more than 40 years of social work practice.  See bio »
Conference Schedule
8:30 Check in, coffee, and pastries
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentations
10:15 a.m. "Race and Justice" Keynote Address
John H. Jackson
President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education
11:00 a.m. Audience Q&A
11:15 a.m. Keynote Respondents
Paul Kline – Moderator
Associate Professor, Children, Youth & Families
Ruth McRoy
BCSSW Donahue and DiFelice Professor
Christine Cole
VP and Executive Director of Crime and Justice Institute (CJI)
11:30 a.m. Audience discussion