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Boston College School of Social Work


Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2016

JANUARY 21, 2016

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to  Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and  Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.

Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence.  See bio »  

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Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Andrea Perry, Executive Director of YouthConnect

Andrea Perry

MARCH 28, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills and to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Andrea Perry is the Executive Director of YouthConnect (formerly YSPN) at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB). YouthConnect is a program of BGCB and the Boston Police Department. YouthConnect places licensed clinical social workers inside police stations that see the highest rate of youth arrests, providing on-site, in-home, and community-based counseling, and case management services. Since its inception, YouthConnect has served more than 11,000 of Boston's most at-risk youth and families. In her role as Executive Director, Andrea is responsible for fundraising, fiscal management, programmatic development, and managing a team of 10 clinical social workers.

Prior to her role with YouthConnect, Andrea was a Trainer at Positive Approaches, LLC, where she facilitated workshops and trainings on issues including cultural competency in the workplace, promoting resiliency in youth, self-care for human service professionals, adolescent development, and fostering community partnerships. Andrea has a BA from Smith College in Government and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University. Andrea received her MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 1999.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at to reserve your spot.