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

Rosales, R., & Calvo, R. (2019). Characteristics of Hispanic-serving mental health organizations in the US. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved30(2), 574-559.  

Calvo, R., Carr, D.C., & Matz-Costa, C. (2019). Expanding the happiness paradox: Ethnoracial disparities in among older immigrants in the United States. Journal of Aging and Health31(2), 231-255.

Calvo, R., & Cheung, F. (2018). Does money buy immigrants’ happiness? Journal of Happiness Studies, 19, 6, 1657-1672.

Calvo, R. (2018). Introduction: The Latinx opportunity. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(8), 246-250.

Selected Appointments & Awards

2019 Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award. Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Alexandria, VA.

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. 

Selected Grants

9/19 to 8/21 Principal Investigator. How Social Protection Policies and Institutions Contribute to Older Immigrants’ Well-Being and Sense of Belonging to America. Funded by the Russell Sage Foundation ($174,423)

9/15 to 8/17 Principal Investigator. The Latino Leadership Initiative Comes of Age: Exploring the Role of Cultural Capital on Latinas/os’ Success in Higher Education. Funded by the Spencer Foundation ($49,893)