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Center for Social Policy 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Honoring Leaders in Economic and Social Justice

The UMass Boston Center for Social Policy
20th Anniversary
 Celebration (event site)

Hosted by Chancellor J. Keith Motley and a Committee of Engaged Community Leaders

For the last two decades, the Center for Social Policy has applied people-centered research to honing the tools to fight poverty and its consequences in Boston, the commonwealth, and beyond. Bridging the worlds of research, policy, and practice, the center has collaborated with community members, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and UMass Boston institutional partners to shape and reshape policies that address the root causes of economic hardship and social exclusion.

Join us for a special 20th anniversary celebration where we honor the advocacy, policy research, philanthropy, and progressive leadership of courageous visionaries—past and present—who are finding solutions to ending economic disparity and serving as the soul of our body politic.

Event Honorees:

  • Congressman Barney Frank
    Lifelong champion for public equality and justice in Massachusetts.
    Representative Frank will also receive the UMass Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Exemplary Leadership.
  • Charles “Chuck” Collins
    Scholar, author, and recognized expert on wealth inequality and the economic crisis.
  • John Connors
    Philanthropic leader for Boston families in immediate need.
    Founder and president of Boathouse Communications.
  • Julia Tripp
    Student of public policy and professional leader of the center’s Constituent Advisory Group.
    Pioneer in the application of lived experience to policy research methodology.
  • Elaine Werby
    Scholar, activist, and humanitarian who has contributed a lifetime of public service to her field through teaching, research and outreach.


To make a donation to support internships and future outreach activities of the center, please contact Molly Williams.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.

Event Cost: $250 per ticket.