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Center for Social Innovation


Collaborative Innovation: 5th Annual Social Innovation Day

Collaborative Innovation: 5th Annual Social Innovation Day

APRIL 11, 2016

Congratulations to all of our student groups who participated in our fifth Annual Social Innovation Day. Once again, teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) assumed the challenge of innovation and created new solutions to multiple complex issues. Over the course of the day, students participated in an idea fair, team scenario building, and rapid prototyping in order to determine the best solution for their team’s social problem. Students came equipped with a substantial amount of research and understanding of social issues, which included human trafficking, criminal justice, and immigration.

Upon developing their initial prototype, student teams benefited from the support of two mentors to support the crafting of their ideas and the enhancement of their presentations.

Social Work faculty, staff, and second year BCSSW students provided mentorship for the teams to support and enhance their innovation before their pitch.

Ron Ancrum – BCSSW Faculty

Stephanie Berzin – Co-Director CSI &

Humberto Camarena – Asst. Director Center for Social Innovation

Tiziana Dearing – Co-Director CSI & BCSSW Faculty

Paula Miranda – SW faculty at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Katherine Germak – BCSSW Student

Danielle Joseph – BCSSW Student

Alissa Marchant – BCSSW Student

Catherine McDonough – BCSSW Student

Megan Toohey – BCSSW Student

Constanza Ramirez – PUC Student


The day culminated with presentations from the nine teams—representing nine distinct, forward-thinking solutions. These solutions were presented and voted on by our four esteemed judges, each with their own unique lens of innovation. The Center of Social Innovation was especially honored to have all four of our expert guest judges be Alumnus of the Boston College School of Social Work. After each student group pitch, the judges offered their experience and feedback for the teams:

Andrea Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Houseworks

Lisa Eisenbud, Principal at Get Going LCC
Carolina Muñoz-Guzman, Director School of Social Work Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Pam Willsey, Founder Willsey Connections and licensed psychotherapist


We are pleased to announce the 2016 Social Innovation Day winners as Paulina Arias Hernandez, Arielle L Cohen, Afua I Maiga-Laast, Joseph Rosenbaum, and Elise Springuel This team was creative in their innovation to improve food security through innovating within and between schools.  


All teams deserve congratulations on their innovative solutions to large range social concerns. Each team came together to deliver a new concept to tackling these important issues.  Congratulations on each and every collaborative innovation.