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Tiziana Dearing, is an accomplished leader in the business, nonprofit, and academic sectors. She has deep experience in the field of social justice and has dedicated herself, through her career, to clearing a path for the rising class. 

Tiziana is Associate Professor for Macro Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work. Before joining BC, Tiziana served as CEO of the start-up antipoverty fund Boston Rising. She was the first woman president of Catholic Charities, Boston, and was formerly the executive director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.  She has over a decade of experience consulting to both nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Tiziana is active in her community, serving on the board of directors of Community Resources for Justice, on the advisory board of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and WBUR, and as a trustee of the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation.  She is also a director of the Harvard Alumni Association. Tiziana holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

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Let's Talk About Love -- Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 11:36 AM


We are shockingly comfortable with hate and fear as core elements of our public policy discussions today. Carpet-bombing Ted "I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out" Cruz and Donald "total...

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When a Bully Runs for President

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 5:05 PM

I have two kids, ages 13 and 10. Bullying is a real thing to them. We talk about it at home. Teachers and principals talk about it at school. They know it's bad. They know no one should tolerate it. They know you're supposed to call it out when you...

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We Need a Clear, Common Ethic on Social Justice

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:13 AM

If you've been paying attention, it's a little hard not to feel like the world's going to hell in a hand basket. The COP21 meeting is just the latest event to underscore our troubles. Stopping the descent requires a renewed understanding of what we owe each other as...

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The Pope's Address to Congress in a Single Sentence

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 1:00 PM

"Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves."

The Pope has said a great deal since he arrived in the U.S. Still, in this one, simple sentence before Congress, he brought together concepts of love, solidarity, right relationships, human dignity and even a...

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Here's an Idea - Don't Be a Jerk

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Throughout the absolute cringe-fest that has been coverage of Donald-Trump-the-candidate, a thought has niggled at me.

Just because you're up in the polls doesn't make this OK.

Not an earth-shattering realization, but then two more things happened. The first came courtesy of Trump himself, when he dialed it...

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Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Recently, I had a conversation with a Catholic researcher in Rome about Laudato Si, the new papal encyclical on justice and the environment. At the heart of our conversation lay the seemingly insurmountable challenge of how to create a global governance and accountability system that incorporates multinational corporations...

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Neighborhood "Exit Strategies" Are Incomplete

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:58 PM

We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter. While this is true, we should be thoughtful and careful about the conclusions we...

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Jeb Bush Has At Least One Thing Right on Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:10 PM

In a speech to the conservative Club for Growth this week, presidential hopeful and former Republican governor of Florida Jeb Bush espoused an idea about battling poverty that is, at its core, right. In fact, not only is it right, but if executed with great fidelity, it also could be...

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"Please Don't Feed the Homeless"

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:23 PM

I have written in these pages before about controversy around ordinances banning food distribution to homeless people in public spaces. The issue has re-emerged in Florida, where, according to the New York Times, it has become an increasing phenomenon, and where social justice actors such as...

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2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:53 AM

The US Census Bureau released its 2013 report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance today. The data offered a mix of good news and bad news. They also offered an underlying story about priorities. It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. The...

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Can We Give Back "Giving Back?"

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:38 PM

When I turned 40, I discovered that the secret sisterhood in which I believed had let me down.

They didn't warn me.

They didn't warn me that my metabolism would grind to a screaming halt while my appetite would continue just fine, thank you very much. They didn't warn...

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We Have to Drive Tech Innovation to Drive Social Mobility

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Yesterday, I participated in a great mini-conference held by Harvard's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston on how technology innovation could help increase social mobility. (In full disclosure, I sit on the Institute's advisory board.) Throughout, we heard a range of ideas and examples about how technology...

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On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:53 PM

I like George Will, and I enjoy reading his work. While I often find I don't agree with him, he is smart, thoughtful, embraces an historical perspective and tends to focus on subjects about which he also is well-researched. I read his Washington Post piece about the dust-up...

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Pope Francis As the World's Greatest Social Innovator

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Much has been said about Pope Francis during his first year in office. We have celebrated him as a spiritual leader, a politician, and even a diplomat. After being named Time's Person of the Year, one might be tempted to argue that all has been said that can...

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Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 2:33 PM

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. In addition to looking at the ratio between program and overhead investment, they plan to provide "

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Put Social Justice Back in the Social Contract

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 10:44 AM

I just started my dream job as faculty at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. One of the many reasons the job's a dream is that I get to teach future leaders about social justice. We desperately need problem-solving rooted in the principles of human dignity...

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Frogs in Water About Our Freedoms

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Early in the George W. Bush administration, my friends and family thought I'd gone a little crazy. Policies such as dramatic expansion of "Free Speech Zones" to limit where people could protest the president made me apoplectic. I thought the whole country was a free speech zone. They thought I...

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Enough About 'Leaning In'

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Enough about leaning in already. If women in the U.S. lean any further into debating Sheryl Sandberg's book of the same name, we're going to suffer from a gender-wide case of vertigo. The whole debate drives me a little nutty, and I have been trying to figure out why.

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The Charitable Deduction and the Social Contract

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 7:18 PM

Despite that I'm writing about the charitable deduction, this is not really a piece about taxes. Which is good, because I don't know a lot about taxes.

As someone who has done social services and poverty work for a long time, however, I do know something about the social contract....

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God Bless 'Em for Talking about Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 2:55 PM

God bless Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose my right to carry some card I'm supposed to be carrying by saying that, but I'm sticking to it. And I'll tell you exactly why. Because they talked about poverty.

In fact, they didn't just talk...

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