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Past Events

2015 - 2016
What: Greater Boston Regional Financial Aid Forum
When: Thursday, April 7th from 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Suffolk University Law School

What: Youth Symposium
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 10:30am-1:30pm
Location: Wheelock College - Boston Campus

2014 - 2015

What: AICUM Student Financial Aid Day
When: February 25, 2015 from 1-4PM
Location: Massachusetts State House in Boston- Great Hall

What: Community Service and Civic Engagement Celebration
When: Tuesday, April 7th 3-5pm
Location: Massachusetts State House in Boston- Nurse's Hall

What: Put MA Kids Advocacy Day
Wed, April 8th, Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the programs begins at 10:30 a.m.
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What: Engaging Public-Private Partnerships to Sustain Community Programs
February 11, 2014 from 10-11am
Massachusetts State House in Boston, House Members Lounge
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What: AICUM Student Financial Aid Day
When: February 24, 2014 from 1-4PM
Location: Massachusetts State House in Boston- Great Hall
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What: AICUM Student Financial Aid Day
When: February 26, 2013 from 1-4PM
Location: Massachusetts State House in Boston- Great Hall
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What: Children & Families in the Budget: Local, State and National Perspectives
When: February 28, 2013 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Wheelock College, Campus Center, Room 103 

What: Work-Family Balance in 2013: Policy & Implications
When: March 5, 2013 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Massachusetts State House, Nurse's Hall

What: Wheelock Family Theatre at the State House: Education in the Arts and the World
When: January 17, 2013 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Location: Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase

What: An analysis of the 2012 Election Results
When: Thurs, Nov. 15, 2012, 3:30pm-5PM
Location: Campus Center 302

  • Mary Anne Marsh is a Democratic Political Analyst on the FOX News Channel. She brings more than 20 years of experience in public policy, communications, and electoral politics.
  • Robert Gray is a Fox 25 TV Political Analyst. He is the founder/President of Gray Media and is known as one of the region's most knowledgeable and effective public relations executives.
  • Steve Aveson is the co-host of The Morning Show on NECN and an alum of Wheelock College. He is a TV news veteran with deep experience in New England and nationally.

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Film Viewing and Discussion

Time: October 25, 2012 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Kotzen Room, Simmons College

Race to Nowhere (2010), is a film containing stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren't developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what's best for their children. The film further explores the achievement-based culture and its adverse effects on students today.

Click here for more information.

Legislative Breakfast Series - Spring 2012

Time: 9:30am - 11:00am 

Location: State House, Room 1 Nurses Hall

A series of three legislative informational sessions on policy topics of interest to the issues that impact children and families in the commonwealth.

Feb. 22nd - Advancing Early Childhood Education in Massachusetts (Sponsored by the Wheelock Aspire Institute and the DEEC). Click here for a flyer with details.

April 18th - Meeting the Needs of Military Connected Families (Sponsored by Wheelock's Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families and the Massachusetts Military and Family Support Center). Click here for a flyer with details.

April 19th - Preserving Urban Waterways for the Future: Fenway's Muddy River (Sponsored by the COF Center for Sustainability and the Environment
and the Management Oversight Committee of the Muddy River Restoration Project). Click here for a flyer with details.

To RSVP email Nicole Anllo.


AICUM's Student Financial Aid Day at the State House

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Location: The Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA 02133

Want to Share Your Thoughts on the Need for Aid?

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) is hosting a Student Financial Aid Day at the State House. This is an opportunity for college students from across Massachusetts to visit the State House and lend their voice in support for funding for need-based financial aid programs. Students will get to hear 2-3 elected officials talk about higher education and will then be able to visit the offices of their Senators and Representatives to discuss their thoughts on financial aid.

Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senator Michael Moore

***Lunch will be served at this event***

Participating Students will also receive a free Wheelock t-shirt!

To RSVP to this event contact Nicole Anllo, Wheelock Policy and Communications Specialist: 617.879.2250 (RSVP by Friday, February 24)

For an outline of Student Financial Aid Day click here.


Bullying, Hate Crimes, and Xenophobia Seminar

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: The Ladd Room, Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street Brookline, MA

A one day seminar directed towards professionals in the field of youth leadership development and mental health, with a focus on best practices for preparing young people to appropriately respond  to incidents of bullying, hate crimes and/or xenophobia.

Sponsored by: South Africa Partners, Wheelock College, and Shikaya


The MA Anti-Bullying Law: A Year Later

Date: Monday, April 25th

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: MA State House, Nurses Hall

A legislative briefing examining the effects of the Anti-bullying legislation in Massachusetts.  Guest panelists to speak on the Anti-Bullying legislation - its challenges and its impact to school, police and community.

Click Here for Event Flyer.


Legislative Informational Series - Spring 2011

Time: 9:00am - 11:30am

Location: State House, Room 1 Nurses Hall

A series of four legislative informational sessions on policy topics of interest to the issues that impact children and families in the commonwealth.

Tuesday, February 15th: The Value of the Arts in the lives of Children, Families and Society.

Click here for Session Flyer

Wednesday, March 16th: Early Childhood Education and Care: Where are We?

Click here for Session Flyer

Monday, March 21st: Why Youth Sports & Physical Activity are Important for Communities.

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Monday, March 28th: Youth Speak on Education and Community.

Click here for the Session Flyer

Click here for a flyer on the entire series

Contact Lisa Rios for more information


Winter Policy Talks - Spring 2011

Time: 4:00 - 6:30pm

Location: Wheelock College Rm 104 Ladd Room

43 Hawes St. Brookline, MA 02446 (Near the C line Hawes St. and the D line Longwood T-stop)

Sixth-annual Wheelock College Winter Policy Talks are three dialogues examining relevant and controversial issues in society today.


Monday, February 28th: Working Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Equality.


Dr. Norman Spack: Internationally known specialist in treatment for intersexed and transgender youth, Senior Associate in the Endocrine Division and co-founder of the Gender Management Service clinic at Children's Hospital, Boston.

Grace Sterling Stowell: Executive Director of the Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth (BAGLY).

Gunner Scott: A founding member and Executive Director of Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

Emmy Howe: One of the original authors of the Welcoming Schools Guide, an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments and director of the CampOUT, a farm camp for children from LGBTQ families and the Open View Farm Educational Center in Conway, MA.


Tuesday, March 15th: Understanding and Preventing Bullying and Youth Violence.


Nan Stein, PhD senior research scientist, Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College; co-director National Violence Against Women Project.

Click here to read Dr. Stein's 2003 article in Arizona Law Review titled "Bullying or Sexual Harassment? The Missing Discourse of Rights in an Era of Zero Tolerance."

Hon. John W. Scibak, PhD, Massachusetts State Representative, Second Hampshire County.

Linda Lipkin, Assistant Principal, Social Justice Academy

Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW, director, Child Witness to Violence Program, Boston Medical Center


Wednesday, March 30th: Stopping the Pimps, Stopping the Johns: Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking. 


Donna Gavin: Commander of the Boston Policy Human Trafficking Unit and the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking- Sergeant Detective of the Boston Police Department.

Cherie Jimenez: Used her own experiences in the sex trade to create a Boston area program for women.

Norma Ramos: Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

Gail Dines: Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of the American Studies Department.

Click here for the Event Flyer.

Contact Jennifer Corcoran or Irwin Nesoff for more information


Film Viewing and Discussion


Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 22nd

Location: CCSR 103

See the controversial film "Waiting for Superman" and join a discussion about the film and the public education system afterward. Admission is free and popcorn will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Government and External Affairs, the School of Arts and Science, and the School of Education, Social Work, Child Life & Family Studies.

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