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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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Center for Social Innovation Symposium:
Innovative Solutions for Economic Justice

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MAY 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Speakers and Workshops
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
3.6 CEUs
Read the recap on our blog and see photos on Facebook and Pinterest.

The Center for Social Innovation and CSI co-directors Professors Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing are hosting its inaugural Boston College School of Social Work Innovation Symposium. The symposium will bring together three leading Boston-area innovators who are advancing practice in their fields to discuss their approaches in a dynamic, interactive workshop format.

The event is open to students, faculty, alumni, and field supervisors associated with BC Social Work, as well as members of the Boston nonprofit community.

The focus of this year's symposium is to develop innovative solutions for economic justice - a key issue of our time. The speakers and workshops will examine innovative practices in using assets, the built environment, and social capital to develop and improve access to economic resources in marginalized communities.


  • On access to assets: Jesus Gerena is the Director at the Family Independence Initiative, Boston. Previously, he held several positions at the Hyde Square Task Force in Boston.
  • On the built environment: Steve Poftak is the Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University. Previously, he was the Research Director at the Pioneer Institute.
  • On social capital: Talia Rivera is a Member Relations Director at the Council on Foundations. Previously, she was the Director of Connectivity and Learning at Boston Rising.
  • Panel moderator: Fernande Raine is Director, Northeast at Ashoka. She has held multiple previous positions at Ashoka, and was the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Students in BC Social Work's Macro-Social Innovation and Leadership program are involved in all aspects of the design and delivery of the symposium. CSI plans to make this an annual event designed to explore social innovation as it's applied to a specific problem or set of problems relevant to the field of social work.

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Questions? Please contact Ian Witherby at or 617-552-1866.