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History of the Shaw Leadership Program

office of residential life


Boston College’s historic Shaw House is located on Upper Campus, one of two residence areas that exclusively house freshmen. Situated between Kostka Hall and the Medeiros Townhouses, the house places first-year Shaw Leaders in the midst of their peers while encouraging them to distinguish themselves by taking advantage of the program’s intensive leadership curriculum. 

Both the Shaw Leadership Program and the house itself are named in honor of Rev. Joseph Coolidge Shaw, SJ, who gave his library to what would one day become Boston College when he entered the Jesuit order. The University acquired Shaw House in 1962.

Dr. Robert Capalbo founded the program and made the house its headquarters in 1993, during his tenure as Director of Residential Life. He has served as a resource to the program since its inception, often returning to the house to mingle with current Shaw Leaders and remind them of the organization’s legacy.