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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.
 See bio »

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

Diversity and Alumni Awards Conference
"Race + Justice"

Diversity and Alumni Event

 

JANUARY 8, 2016
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Detailed schedule
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3.25 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race and Justice," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

In academic year 2015-2016, the BC Social Work community is continuing to focus on Race and Justice. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore how social workers can be more involved in developing strategies to prevent community violence, and enhance social justice.

Keynote Speaker
William Gross
William Gross

William Gross
Superintendent-in-Chief, Boston Police Department

William Gross is a 32 year veteran of the Boston Police Department. As a Patrol Officer he spent many years in the Gang Unit and Drug Control Unit and was also an Academy Instructor.

Promoted in 2008 to Deputy Superintendent, Gross then coordinated with District Captains in their development of strategies to address crime trends and attended community meetings to address specific neighborhood crime concerns. In 2010 he was appointed as the commander of the Field Support Division which included command over the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit) and the School Police Unit.

In 2014 William G. Gross was selected by Police Commissioner William Evans to be the Superintendent-in-Chief of the Department, the first African American Chief in the history of the Boston Police Department. Throughout Chief Gross' career he has maintained a strong connection with the community and has been awarded numerous awards for bravery, meritorious service, and community partnerships.

Respondents

Andrea Perry, MSW '99
Executive Director, YouthConnect

Melanie Robinson Findlay, MSW '09
Mental Health Director, Suffolk County House of Correction

Distinguished Alumni Awards

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. We are pleased to announce the 2016 award recipients:

  • Distinguished Recent Alumni Award: Daniel Gill, MSW '06. 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.
     See bio »
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Judith S. Willison, MSW '87 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 »
Conference Schedule
8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee, and pastries
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentations
10:00 a.m. Keynote Address "Police-Community Relations"
William Gross
Superintendent-in-Chief, Boston Police Department
10:45 a.m. Audience Q&A
11:00 a.m. Keynote Respondents
Andrea Perry, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director, YouthConnect
Melanie Robinson Findlay, MSW, LICSW, Mental Health Director, Suffolk County  House of Correction
11:30 a.m. Audience discussion