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.


Cat Hoff

Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY21-22

Cat is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Hispanic Studies and Biology. Her academic interests include immigration, the conception of borders, foreign policy, and international human rights law. She is excited to work as an undergraduate intern at the Center to advance her knowledge of human rights issues around the world and participate in creating meaningful change through research.

Outside of the CHRIJ, Cat is a chapter director of the mentorship organization Strong Women, Strong Girls in which college mentors form meaningful relationships with 3rd-5th grade girls through a curriculum based on strong female role models. Continuing in her commitment to women’s empowerment, Cat is a trainer in the Bystander Intervention program that teaches incoming BC students about how to prevent sexual assault with the intention of eliminating sexual assault from BC’s campus. Throughout her time at BC, Cat has also participated in PULSE serving at Rosie’s Place and APPA’s alternative spring break service trip. 

Elizabeth Hargraves

Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY21-22

Elizabeth is a senior majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Cooperation and Conflict, and minoring in English. Her interests include women’s and children’s rights, immigration issues in the US context and globally, climate justice, and global governance. She is incredibly excited to deepen her understanding of these issues and contribute to the amazing work done at the Center through her internship.

Elizabeth was inspired to work at the CHRIJ because of her participation in the Arrupe International Immersion program, in which she traveled with a group of fellow BC students to the Domincan Republic/Haiti border in January 2020 to learn about the human rights violations that are occuring there. She continued this learning experience with Arrupe in Spring 2021 with their Voices of Forced Migration program, where she was able to learn about immigration law in the United States, and hear about the lived experience of immigration from various speakers. She is also a member of the mentorship program Strong Women Strong Girls, where she meets with a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders every week to teach them about confidence, strength, and leadership.

Lai Lai Liu

Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY21-22

Lai Lai is a senior majoring in Communication and International Studies with a concentration in Global Cultures at Work. Her academic interests include immigration policies, US foreign policy, and gender equality. She's looking forward to the next year in working at the Center and sharing its work with the BC student community. Outside of the CHRIJ, Lai Lai is a staff member at the BC Women's Center, where she works on educational, advocacy, and community-building programs. Projects include Cura Personalis, Bystander Intervention, and THRIVE. She is also a volunteer in the city, and this year, is getting involved with local politics. 

Ivana Wijedasa

Undergraduate Research Assistant, AY21-22

Ivana is a senior majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Ethics and Social Justice, and minoring in Hispanic Studies and Philosophy. As a child of immigrants, she is very interested in immigration policies, especially pertaining to the U.S. Her other academic interests include human rights law, the carceral system, and systemic racism. She is very thrilled to be an undergraduate intern at the Center and to contribute to their mission of addressing the needs of human rights work. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge on issues of migration and developing her research skills.

Outside of the Center, Ivana is one of the Co-Directors of FACES at Boston College. FACES is the only student-run anti-racism organization on campus which is dedicated to addressing systemic racism through conversation and tangible actions. Due to her desire to make Boston College an inclusive environment for students of color, Ivana is also the Secretary for the South Asian Student Association which is one of the many cultural clubs on campus. Beyond these involvements, Ivana is a mentor for a 10-year old girl from Mattapan through BC Bigs and is a Student Ambassador at the McMullen Museum. In her time at BC, Ivana has also been a Compass Mentor and a PULSE student serving at the Women’s Lunch Place and the Boston College Innocence Program.