Assistant Professor and Chair of Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy
Office: Pilgrim 101
BA (Sociology and Spanish), Fordham University, 1980
M.S. Criminal Justice), Northeastern University, 1985
J.D. (Law), Northeastern University, 1998
William Rodriguez has worked in the criminal justice and legal systems for over 25 years. He has also served in a variety of leadership positions, including executive director of the Boston Campaign for Proficiency, La Alianza Hispana, the Crime and Justice Foundation, and at the Vera Institute of Justice. He is a passionate and zealous advocate of human and civil rights, social justice, and democratic equity for youth.
He is a recognized and influential leader in the Latino community in Massachusetts. Much of his work has taken place in both Boston and New York City. His current research interests are primarily in the effects of zero tolerance policies and school disciplinary procedures on the school-to-prison pipeline and the disproportionate representation of Latino youth in juvenile detention facilities. Other areas of interest include youth violence prevention and race, ethnic, and class dynamics in the dispensation of justice.
He is a pre-law advisor to students and co-advisor to the Latino student organization La Herencia Latina at Wheelock College. He also was a research and writing contributor to the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Justice Report on Corrections (1990), Bridging the Public Safety Gap- Prisoner Re-entry report for the Crime and Justice Foundation (1998). Both reports led to a level of criminal justice systemic reform and new program development in Massachusetts.
He has been featured in several news stations this year speaking on behalf of Wheelock on community programming (WCVB 5, WBNN), gang violence and prevention (Cityline WCVB) and human trafficking (Univision).
Introduction to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Causes and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency
Youth Work and Advocacy
Organizational Leadership (Graduate): Leading People, Developing Human Potential
Study of the United States for International Students from Latin America
Service Activities and Volunteer Boards
Member on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Proficiency Gap Sub-Committee on ELLs
Board member Diploma Plus and the School and Main Institute
Advisory Member of the Governor's Initiative for Safe and Successful Youth
Founding and active member of the Multi-Cultural Drop-out Prevention Collaborative