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Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation
Andrea Cohen, MSW ’84, is dedicated to helping seniors age in place. As CEO of HouseWorks she has been a pioneer in private home care.
Andrea Cohen, MSW ’84, Co-Founder & CEO of HouseWorks, has been a pioneer in private home care. Her agency's work with the Social Innovation Lab spurred new solutions to pressing issues.

"We invited associates to participate on the Lab team, and their input made the results of our pilot project more relevant. Staff at all levels of the organization have been involved. We knew we didn't want it to be a top-down process. We collaboratively solved problems and created solutions."

—Andrea Cohen, co-founder and CEO of HouseWorks


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Program for Students

Masters in Social Work: Social Innovation and Leadership Program - Students who want to obtain a Masters in Social Work degree and develop a set of competencies related to social innovation processes, projects, and perspectives can enroll in the Social Innovation + Leadership (SIL program). Our students have numerous opportunities to study social innovation and to apply knowledge to practice situations. Learn more.

SIL Workshop Series:

Students have the option to participate in multiple workshops designed to complement course content and help prepare students for leadership, and management. 

Leadership Series:

A Seminar series at United Way Mass Bay with SIL students and supervisors to inform practice on leadership and innovation. There is also a Luncheon series that brings leaders to campus to engage with students in a personal setting.

Social Enterprise Project:

A faculty-facilitated experience designed to support the development and planning of a social enterprise. Graduate student teams work on business plans and ideas for resource development to support an organization’s proposed enterprise. 

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Social Innovation Symposium:

Students, practitioners, and leaders from the field gather to present and discuss innovative practice in a dynamic forum.

Experience Abroad:

In partnership with Pontifica Universidad Catolica, students are provided a cross-cultural experience to participate with ongoing social innovation projects in Chile.