Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series

Developmental Social Welfare and Sustainable Livelihoods: Lessons from South African Innovations

The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series, which launched in 2007, is named in honor of Elaine Pinderhughes, a professor emerita of the School of Social Work whose seminal research revealed that race, ethnicity, and power strongly influence how social workers interact with clients. Over the past 15 years, the series has featured doctors, anthropologists, and journalists, among others, who have reflected on topics like poverty, racism, and same-sex marriage.

Friday, April 28, 2023
12-1 p.m. ET

Meet the Speakers


Professor Tanusha Raniga

Professor Tanusha Raniga

Professor Tanusha Raniga teaches social work and community development at the University of Johannesburg. She is a C2 NRF Rated Researcher. She is also a recipient of the National Association of South African Education Institutions Young Up and Coming Award and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School of Applied Human Sciences in the College of Humanities. Dr. Raniga has served as Treasurer and a Board Member of the Association for Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA) from 2010 to 2020. She is actively involved in research, primarily in the area of social protection policy and feminization of poverty and sustainable livelihoods. She has published widely in national and international journals and has presented at social work conferences. Her teaching areas include social policy and integrated social and community development.

María Fernanda Piñeros-Leaño

María Fernanda Piñeros-Leaño, PhD, MSW, MPH

María Fernanda Piñeros-Leaño, PhD, MSW, MPH, is an Assistant Professor at Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW). She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Dr. Piñeros-Leaño joined BCSSW in 2018 after obtaining a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on addressing health and mental health inequities among Latin American migrant and immigrant families to ensure that everyone, regardless of where they are from, can have a healthy development.

Pinderhughes Fellowship Fund

In honor of the many accomplishments and contributions made by Elaine Pinderhughes, noted teacher, scholar, and professor emerita, we invite alumni, students, and their friends and families to lend their support to the Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship, a fund that provides financial aid each year to outstanding African American doctoral students at the Boston College School of Social Work.

Read about 2019 Pinderhughes Fellowship recipient Melissa Bartholomew

2019 Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture