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Center for Social Innovation (CSI)


Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing, Center Co-Directors

The Center for Social Innovation promotes "innovation from within." Our mission is to foster effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice. We strive to build capacity within the social sector by preparing tomorrow's social service leaders, promoting the capacity of existing social service agencies to respond to current and future social issues, and building the evidence-base for social innovation. More »»


Immigration Integration Lab (IIL)


Westy Egmont, Director

The Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) is an applied research center exploring the intersection of social work, social policy, and immigrant inclusion. IIL is committed to social justice, working toward the well-being of immigrants by pursuing a rigorous academic approach that seeks to understand the appropriate services and delivery systems that lead to full social, civic, and economic integration of the foreign born in the United States More »»

Institute on Aging


James Lubben, Director

The Institute on Aging provides an integrated framework for fundraising, research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination for three aging research centers at Boston College, two of them housed at the GSSW: the Sloan Center on Aging and Work and the Center for the Study of Home and Community Life, as well as the Carroll School of Management's Center for Retirement Research. More »»

Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work

James Lubben, Director

The Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work provides leadership, education, training, and research within the field of geriatric social work. The Hartford Center demonstrates Boston College's commitment to training future generations of geriatric social work practitioners and faculty. The Center works to strengthen connections between academia and local practitioners while translating new research into policy and practice.  More »»

National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS)


Kevin Mahoney, PI

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) assists states, agencies, and organizations in offering participant-directed services to people with disabilities. Participant-directed services promote independence by helping participants decide for themselves what mix of personal-assistance supports and services best fits their needs. NRCPDS is the only national resource that performs this function. We provide national leadership, technical assistance, training, education, and research that improve the lives of people of all ages with disabilities. More »»


Center on Aging & Work

Jacquelyn James, Tay McNamara, Co-Directors

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work focuses its research on one of the defining issues of the 21st century, to help the business community promote workplace flexibility and prepare for the opportunities and challenges associated with an aging workforce.   More »»