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Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation


Social Innovation Symposium


The Social Innovation Symposium, hosted at Boston College by the Graduate School of Social Work and Capstone Program (an undergraduate seminar series in which students reflect on their college experience and preview life beyond the University), was sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts. It brought together more than 250 students and faculty at Boston College to stimulate thinking about social innovation and social change. The symposium and follow-up classroom discussions encourage students to consider opportunities in the social sector and help build a sense of community among the next generation of social innovators. The event featured a panel of social innovators: Earl Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read; Jim Laughlin, director of communications of Life is Good; and Eric Scharwz, co-founder and CEO of Citizen Schools.