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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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Events

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Talia Rivera, Network Manager at Council on Foundations

Talia Rivera
Talia Rivera

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Ian Witherby at witheria@bc.edu to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2014-2015 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills 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.

Talia Rivera's experience working with youth began in 1998. She is among the leading thinkers on youth violence, gang interventions, network organizing, and street work in the City of Boston.

Rivera is a native of Roxbury who has worked as a community organizer, mobilizing residents, community, and faith-based organizations around issues affecting youth and urban neighborhoods. She has worked for the Hyde Square Task Force, the Black Ministerial Alliance, and Boston Rising, and is now Network Manager for New England for the Council on Foundations. In 2001, she founded and ran Villages Without Walls, an intervention program designed to broker truces between gangs, leverage community connection, and empower high-risk youth and families to improve their lives. Rivera also coordinated a network of over 120 youth-serving agencies to strengthen the system of services for youth at high risk through capacity building, advocacy, and as a volunteer lobbyist.

Rivera was a writer for the FamilyEducation, an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Ian Witherby at witheria@bc.edu to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.