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Virtual Graduation 2020: "Creating a better future for our generation and generations to come"

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

Heller held its first-ever virtual graduation celebration for its class of 2020 graduates on Sunday, May 31. The 143 graduates — 139 master’s and 4 doctoral degree recipients — represent seven programs and 40 countries, speaking 35 languages.

Dean David Weil welcomed the Heller community, acknowledging the challenges created by COVID-19 and highlighting Heller's 60 anniversary celebrations, including the social justice heroes shared throughout the year. 

"You are reentering a world rife with divisions, disparities, and inequalities. A world where systemic racism and police violence persist, where social bonds and public trust have been eroded, often willingly by the cynical manipulations of political leaders. 

"Never has the need for people to enter the fray of social policy, armed with knowledge and skills but guided by a social justice compass, been more important and more pressing. I have every confidence that you will take your place in addressing those challenges. Just as you were inspired by someone, your work as you begin your next chapter will be an inspiration for others, including all of us in the Heller community."

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John Valinch MBA/MPP'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

MBA Commencement speaker: John Valinch, MBA/MPP'20

John Valinch, MBA/MPP'20, shares how growing up in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a primarily immigrant and Latinx community, shaped his dedication to fighting for working-class communities and belief in the power of collective action and solidarity.

Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

MPP Commencement speaker: Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20

Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20, shares how his HIV diagnosis spurred him to pursue an MPP in order to change policies for Black and Queer young people like himself.

Blessed Ovie, MS'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

MS Commencement speaker: Blessed Ovie, MS'20

Blessed Ovie, MS'20, shares why he decided to pursue a degree in global health policy and management after working for 10 years in Nigeria's public health sector, and the obstacles he had to overcome for four years before arriving at Heller.

Robyn Powell, PhD'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

PhD Commencement speaker: Robyn Powell, PhD'20

Robyn Powell, PhD'20, shares how she has continuously sought opportunities to advance the rights of people with disabilities, first as a social worker, then an attorney, and now a researcher.

Winnie Rugamba, MA COEX'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

COEX Commencement speaker: Winnie Rugamba, MA COEX'20

Winnie Rugamba, MA COEX'20, shares her journey from Rwanda to Massachusetts, and what she loves about studying with a cohort of students from different beliefs, values, and backgrounds, all fighting to change the status quo.

Prince Mujumbe Salama, MA SID'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

SID Commencement speaker: Prince Mujumbe Salama, MA SID'20

Prince Mujumbe Salama, MA SID'20, shares how growing up as an internally displaced person and losing his father shaped him, and his appreciation for the support of the Heller community, especially during a challenging final semester.

Shaneeta Johnson, EMBA'20

Heller News Release
May 31, 2020

EMBA Commencement speaker: Shaneeta Johnson, EMBA'20

Shaneeta Johnson, EMBA'20, shares how the EMBA program has given her and her physician classmates the tools to improve health care and health care delivery, especially during disasters like Hurricane Dorian in her home country of the Bahamas, and the current COVID-19 crisis.

Robyn Powell, PhD candidate

Heller in the News
May 27, 2020

COVID-19 doesn't cancel out the ADA: disability rights during a pandemic

On KUOW, Robyn Powell discusses the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as states begin to reopen.

Pamina Firchow

Heller in the News
May 26, 2020

Winner of the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Pamina Firchow on winning the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for her book titled Reclaiming Everyday peace: Local Voices in Measurement and Evaluation After War published by Cambridge University Press (2018).

Robyn Powell, PhD candidate

Heller in the News
May 26, 2020

Campaign to Partially Ban Abortion in CO Attempts to Portray Abortion as Disability Discrimination

In the Colorado Times Recorder, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says bans on abortion in the case of a Down Syndrome diagnosis don't help the disability community and are an opportunity for anti-choice individuals to use disability as their pawn.

Diana Bowser

Heller in the News
May 26, 2020

Economic impact of an outbreak

Boston College highlights a webinar featuring Diana Bowser as a panelist, discussing the impact on of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy.

Heller News Release
May 22, 2020

The Workers Lab Unveils Findings of Largest Ever Gig Worker Cash Transfer Experiment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, David Weil contributes to a Workers Strength Fund experiment that reveals great need for low-income gig worker and contractor safety net.

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