Center Staff

Bonnie Waldron
Staff Assistant

Prior to joining the Center, Bonnie worked as a staff assistant in the Philosophy department and as an administrative assistant in Campus Ministry at BC.  She received her B.A. at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY and her M.S. in Administrative Studies from Boston College.


Heather Friedman

Heather Friedman
Supervising Attorney, Post-Deportation Human Rights Project

Ms. Friedman’s background is in international human rights and US immigration law. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Friedman practiced immigration law in the Boston area in both the private and non-profit sector.  As Detention Attorney at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Ms. Friedman frequently handled cases involving the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and issues of mental health and trauma.  While working as Associate at the immigration law firm, Graves & Doyle, she handled a wide range of family-based, humanitarian and employment-based immigration matters.  Previously, Ms. Friedman was Associate Director at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School and was on staff at the indigenous rights organization, Cultural Survival.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Since joining the Center in 2017, Ms. Friedman has participated in litigation on behalf of a wrongfully deported client as part of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, collaborated on the review and outreach of the Know Your Rights Immigration Toolkit, and helped to develop educational workshops for the Boston College community.



Sarah Engelberg-Nolan
Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY19-20

Sarah is a senior majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Ethics and minoring in History and French. Sarah’s focus of study includes immigration justice, social inequality, and critical race theory which she has been able to explore through her coursework and previous positions. As an undergraduate intern at the Center, Sarah hopes to continue developing her understanding of social issues within different frameworks. She is eager to work with faculty at the Center to assist in their research projects and improve her writing skills.  

Outside of classes, Sarah is President of charity:water on the Boston College campus, a group that increases awareness and fundraises to combat the global water crisis. Sarah is also a member of the McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows program in which she participated in social justice related coursework and volunteered at a placement when studying abroad. In Paris, France, Sarah worked at a center for Asylum Seekers, providing translation assistance and working directly with the clients to assist in their integration to France. Last summer, Sarah worked at Jewish Vocational Services providing vocational assistance to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Boston area.

Meredith Hawkins
Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY19-20

Meredith is a senior majoring in Psychology and International Studies with a concentration in Ethics and International Social Justice. Both in her personal and professional life, Meredith seeks to understand the connection between individual and societal justice and the link between individual thought processes and relations and larger instances of human rights abuse. She has recently completed a semester abroad studying social movements and human rights in Argentina where she engaged in experiential and hands-on learning surrounding the history, theories, and defining components of both. During her time in Buenos Aires, she also conducted a research project on the country’s comprehensive sexual education program and its relation to youth sexual and reproductive rights. She is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Center and collaborate alongside people working to create sustainable, equitable, and tangible change. Post-grad, she hopes to enter into the field of law and continue to pursue her specific interest in immigration and gender rights.

On campus, Meredith is a member of the McGillycuddy-Logue Fellowship Program where she continues to analyze ideas of social justice from both an academic study and personal reflection component in order to critically examine her role as an agent of change. Meredith is also a mentor and Chapter Director of the BC Chapter of Strong Women Strong Girls where she strives to implement all that she has learned in both her personal and academic time at BC and abroad alongside her two co-directors. She is also a yoga teacher at the Plex where she strives to promote self-healing as the first step in change-making!

Mary Noal
Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY19-20

Mary is a senior majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Political Science and minoring in Latin American Studies. Inside and outside of the classroom, Mary strives to learn more about immigration, gender rights, and international human rights law. She is excited to collaborate with the Center staff and affiliated faculty on interesting projects as an undergraduate intern. At the Center, Mary hopes to further develop her writing and research skills and expand her knowledge about global human rights issues.

On campus, Mary is a member of the McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program where she has participated in coursework and service learning revolving around social justice. For the global service component of the program, Mary was a volunteer at a nonprofit organization where she helped to facilitate workshops with children and youth in vulnerable situations during her semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, Mary is the Secretary of the Dance Organization of Boston College, an International Assistant with the Office of International Students and Scholars, and a member of the University Chorale.