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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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Pinderhughes Diversity + Justice Lecture

Elaine Pinderhughes
Elaine Pinderhughes

APRIL 13, 2016
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
1.25 CEUs, Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by April 8, 2016

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The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series honors the distinguished career of Professor Emeritus Elaine Pinderhughes, whose vision, voice, and compassion enriched the Boston College School of Social Work. Professor Pinderhughes was honored by the Council on Social Work Education with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education for her impact as a scholar, role model, and mentor to countless faculty and practitioners.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series »


This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Pinderhughes Lecture Series.  BCSSW Professor Emerita Elaine Pinderhughes, Vanessa Jackson and Dr. Patricia Romney, co-editors of a new book entitled, Understanding Power: 21st Century Human Services Imperative will engage attendees in a discussion of the novel ways in which theories of  power and powerlessness are being applied in clinical, training, policy and research settings. Dr. Martin Summers, Associate Professor of History and Director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Boston College will be the  respondent.


  • Elaine Pinderhughes, PhD - Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Clinical Sequence at the Boston College School of Social Work.
  • Patricia Romney, PhD - Licensed Clinical and Organizational Psychologist at Romney Associates, Inc.
  • Vanessa Jackson, LICSW - Soul Doula at Healing Circles.


  • Martin Summers, PhD - Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College

Event Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Alberto Godenzi, Dean, Boston College School of Social Work
Ruth McRoy, Donahue and DiFelice Professor, Boston College School of Social Work

Lecture - "Power Conversations: The Challenge of Integrating Power Analysis into Social Work Education and Practice"


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