Assistant Professor and Chair Youth Advocacy Department
School of Social Work, Leadership, 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 and juvenile justice arena for over 30 years. He has held a variety of leadership positions with the Boston Campaign for Proficiency, La Alianza Hispana, the Crime and Justice Foundation, Vera Institute of Justice and Northeastern University. He serves on a number of local and national boards related to the issues he is passionate and committed to that include working Northeastern University's Institute for Race and Justice, Justice for Families, Families and Friends of Incarcerated Louisiana Children, School and Main Institute and Justice Strategies. He is a passionate and zealous advocate for fairness and equality, human rights and social justice.
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 school-to-prison pipeline and the decarceration movement, the impact of racial and ethnic disparities, positive youth development, the invisibility of Latinos in the Black and White discourse in America and the legal construction of colonialism in Puerto Rico.
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. Presently, co-principal investigator on a comparative study between Turkey and the United States on violent video games and its effect on aggressive behavior among high school students.
Current National Initiatives
- Re-imaging Juvenile Justice - A professional credentialing initiative focused on expanding positive youth development and cross-systems collaborative strategies into the work of juvenile justice professionals.
- LEAP - Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential - an initiative dedicated to increase employment and educational opportunities to young people who face some of the greatest challenges to adulthood
- 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