Faculty Directory

Rocío Calvo

Associate Professor

Director, Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI)


Rocío Calvo, PhD, is Associate Professor of Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work. She is also the Founding Director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI), and co-leads the Grand Challenge Initiative Achieve Equal Opportunity for All of the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare. Her work focuses on the role of public services on the integration of immigrants and their children. She also studies how socioeconomic and cultural factors optimize or jeopardize the life satisfaction of immigrants throughout their immigration careers.

Selected Publications

Calvo, R., & Cheung, F. "Does money buys immigrants’ happiness?" Journal of Happiness Studies, 19, 6, 1657-1672.

Calvo, R., "Introduction: The Latinx opportunity." Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(8), 246-250.

Calvo, R., Jablonska-Bayro, J., & Waters, M.C. "Obamacare in action. How access to the health care system contributes to immigrants’ sense of belonging." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Selected Appointments & Awards

Mentoring Award. CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education (2018).

National Co-Leader of the Grand Challenge for Social Work “Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice.” American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.

Founding Director, Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI)

Commissioner of the Governors’ Autism Commission. Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Advisory Committee Member of the Council of Social Work Education Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice.