Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Award Celebration

The Texture of Injustice: Feeling Freedom, Dismantling Power

Monday, January 27, 2020
4:00–6:00 p.m. with reception to follow
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Boston College

Keynote address by David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D., founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana, Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

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The Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Lecture is one in a series of events offered each year by the School of Social Work. This year's talk will coincide with the 2019–20 theme "Civility, Discourse, and Civil Disobedience" identified by the school's Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Committee.  

Following the keynote lecture, we will honor the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognize BCSSW MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year's winners are LCDR Monique Worrell-Oriola, BA ’03, MSW ’06, and the group Melanated Social Work: Michael Grinnell, MSW ’16, Josh McNeil, MSW ’15, Marvin Toliver, MSW ’16, and Jesse Wiltey, MSW ’16. 

About the Keynote Speaker


 

Dr. David W. Robinson-Morris

David W. Robinson-Morris, PhD, is the founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is also Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and serves the university’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Research with a dual concentration in Higher Education Administration and Curriculum Theory, and an Education Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership with a focus on applied research, measurement, and evaluation, both from Louisiana State University. Full biography »

 Dr. David W. Robinson-Morris

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners


 

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: Lieutenant Commander Monique Worrell-Oriola, BA ’03, MSW ’06

LCDR Monique Worrell-Oriola is a Senior Training Consultant with the Department of Homeland Security, ICE Health Service Corps. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of social work as a clinician, public health practitioner, policy advocate, educator, and grants administrator, and has made stellar contributions to the fields of social work and public health throughout her career. She was commissioned into the United States Public Health Service in 2012 as a Program Officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), where she led policy and programs on mental health stigma and barriers to psychological health care for service members, veterans, and their families. She also provided subject matter expertise and program management oversight throughout her agency and to other uniformed services. After completing her assignment at the DoD, LCDR Worrell-Oriola assumed a role at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a Senior Public Analyst. At HRSA, she managed $45 million of the Ryan White program funds for medical care, treatment, referrals, and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV, and the training for health care professionals.

LCDR MoniqueWorrell-Oriola

 

Distinguished Recent Alumni Award Winner: Melanated Social Work

Melanated Social Work

Following graduation, Michael Grinnell, MSW ’16, Josh McNeil, MSW ’15, Marvin Toliver, MSW ’16, and Jesse Wiltey, MSW ’16, came together to form Melanated Social Work. What started as peer support for these four men of color working in the field of social work quickly grew into something more. Currently based in Oakland, Philadelphia, Williamstown, and Boston, the group provides therapeutic tips, resources, and networking for clinicians through their Instagram account and their podcast of the same name. Melanated Social Work challenges norms while encouraging, supporting, promoting, and spreading love and compassion to individuals from all walks of life. 

MICHAEL GRINNELL, MSW ’16

MICHAEL GRINNELL, MSW ’16, LCSW

Staff Therapist
Williams College

Co-founder of Melanated Social Work

JOSH MCNEIL, MSW ’15

JOSH MCNEIL, MSW ’15, LCSW

Behavioral Health Clinician
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Co-founder of Melanated Social Work

MARVIN TOLIVER, MSW ’16

MARVIN TOLIVER, MSW ’16, LSW

Clinical Social Work Coordinator
School District of Philadelphia

Co-founder of Melanated Social Work

JESSE WILTEY, MSW ’16

JESSE WILTEY, MSW ’16

Classroom Therapist
Mt. Eden High School

Co-founder of Melanated Social Work