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RISE3 Publishes Data-Driven Reports from Partnership with Obama White House 
Rise3 Reports

Exciting news from the School of Social Work this week, as the fruits of a partnership between RISE3 and the Obama-era White House were made public. Two reports from BCSSW faculty members Tiziana DearingSummer Hawkins, and David Takeuchi were released during an event on campus that featured speakers from the Obama administration team, as well as leading organizations across Boston.

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BCSSW to Collaborate with the White House on RISE Research Initiative

David Takeuchi and Tiziana Dearing at the White House

Professors Tiziana Dearing and David Takeuchi went to the White House for the launch of a new Obama Administration initiative for which BCSSW will serve as an initial academic research partner.

Read more about the White House Initiative »
Q&A with the RISE Team »

BCSSW Welcomes Former Obama Administration Official as Visiting Fellow

Mark Linton

Mark Linton spent nine years on the staff of Senator and then President Barack Obama, serving in various leadership roles. This spring, he will add Visiting Fellow at BCSSW to his impressive resume. Read more on the Blog »

The Power of Place

Boston's Innovation District

Innovation flourishes in spaces where the mind is encouraged to run and jump and play, where collaborators become catalysts, and where serious research breaks new ground. At BC Social Work all that is happening, and more—in three stimulating environments. Read more from BC Social Work Magazine »


Confronting the Issues of Race, Place, and Poverty

Research in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3) is a collaborative at the Boston College School of Social Work that brings together researchers from BC and beyond with practitioners and policymakers to better address the root causes of social, economic, and environmental equity.

Now is the time for an interdisciplinary initiative at a premier Jesuit, Catholic institution, embedded in the social work profession which begins and ends with social justice, to address these realities head on. It is the time for an initiative devoted to reframing the challenges that persist, towards finding innovative ways to resolve issues related to equity, and to do so in ways that impact both local outcomes, and that inform policy on a global scale.

Now is the time to RISE.

Read this Q&A with RISE3's leadership to learn more about the impetus for building the program, its potential impact in addressing social ills from a race, place, and poverty-based framework, and their hopes for RISE3 today and into the future.


The RISE3 team is led by its co-founders, Professors Tiziana Dearing, Ruth McRoy, and David Takeuchi, who believe that solutions to some of our most intractable societal problems lie at the intersection of race, place, and poverty.

In addition to the RISE3 leadership, active community members currently include:


RISE3's research approach is itself rooted in a commitment to social justice and equity. Attracting researchers from across disciplines, RISE3 scholarship engages those experiencing social, economic, and environmental justice at every stage of the work, from framing research questions, to interpreting data, to translating new knowledge in ways that can be used for impact on the ground. Our researchers will work closely with organizations in diverse Boston neighborhoods at the intersection of race, place, and poverty, bringing Boston College into Boston in a new and important way.

Current RISE3 partners include:

Learn more about BC's commitment to the United Way and Catholic Charities, and to harnessing the 'Power of Place,' in this article from BC Social Work Magazine.

Research and Evaluation

Research represents the lifeblood of the Boston College School of Social Work, and it provides the basis for RISE3's mission to reframe the challenges associated with inequity, towards affecting maximum impact. Here are some of the projects affiliated with RISE3:   

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BCSSW Makerspace

We are planning a shared "Google-like" accelerator space designed to bring internal talent together to spark new thinking and collaborations. We'll also invite practitioners and community members with whom we work to enter this space to add their unique, informed voices to our conversations and research.