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A Program for Transformative Social Change
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The SIL Program has been highlighted nationally in, LA Daily News, Miami Herald, Anchorage Daily News, and other media outlets

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Social Innovation + Leadership (PDF)

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Center for Social Innovation

Center for Social Innovation

BCSSW's new Center for Social Innovation (CSI) is a premier resource for innovation training, support, and research. Social innovation encourages the development of new ideas and directions for solving social problems, both creatively and effectively.  Visit the website »

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Students with Rachel Kaprielian

Leadership Luncheons

These events feature speakers who introduce students to the experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. After the luncheons, we ask each speaker "Three Questions for a Social Work Leader."

Doug Rauch
Rebecca Jackson-Garcia
Rachel Kaprielian
Erin McAleer, MSW '05
Chrismaldi Vasquez
Talia Rivera
Liz Nahar, MSW & MBA '97

GSSW Magazine story on Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership

Read the BC Social Work Magazine story about the Macro: Social Innovation Program and LAB


Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership

Social Innovation represents a new paradigm that supports the development, implementation, and sustainability of transformational responses to social needs. Boston College School of Social Work took a leadership role in this new social movement by establishing the Social Innovation and Leadership program (SIL) for social work students choosing the Macro specialization. SIL is the first comprehensive social work graduate program to train social workers to take their place in an entrepreneurial movement heretofore dominated by business schools and schools of public policy.

The innovative SIL program has led to the designation of Boston College as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus, making Boston College the first institution internationally to receive this designation based on innovative work initiating from a graduate school of social work.

The Program engages emerging leaders in courses that support innovation, provide experiential learning opportunities at human service organizations and in the classroom, offer awards for innovative proposals, and devise specialized training for practitioners who supervise students.


Required Courses

  • Financial Management and Resource Development
  • Leadership and Social Transformation
  • Social Innovation

Experiential Learning

  • Intensive experiential field placement opportunities at leading human service organizations
  • Optional participation in elective classes with fieldwork geared toward directly working on social innovation initiatives in local organizations
  • Social Innovation Day for exposure to social innovation in action and real-life learning opportunities
  • Interactive experiences such as scenario building and rapid prototyping at the annual Social Innovation Day
  • Experiential course work in innovation and social enterprise development
  • C0-curriculur activities including Leadership Lunches, skills workshops and the Macro Student Group.


Chair: Prof. Tiziana C. Dearing, Phone: 617-552-1605

Twitter: @BC_Innovation; @tiziana_dearing