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Embracing the Future: A Welcome Reception Celebrating Tami Gouveia’s Leadership in Social Work and Public Health

Thursday, December 14, 2023

In a transformative year for the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, Dr. Tami Gouveia was proudly welcomed as the Center’s new executive director. As a visionary leader in the realms of social work and public health, Dr. Gouveia’s arrival marks a new chapter of innovation. Following an engaging discussion led by BUSSW Dean Barbara Jones and Dr. Gouveia, the community gathered for a welcome reception, dedicated to celebrating Dr. Gouveia’s profound impact on social work and public service. 

During the event, several speakers shared their perspectives on Dr. Gouveia’s journey, emphasizing the lasting impact she has had in the two fields and her visionary leadership: 


Prof. Harold Cox, BU School of Public Health

“Tami Gouveia is not your ordinary leader. She is a force of nature. She believes in positive change and she is someone who believes in getting things done.” 


Mass. State Senator Jamie Eldridge 

“For anyone who followed Tami’s tenure as a legislator, she was someone who spoke truth to power, who was very independent-minded, very data focused, and really was successful in a number of areas of legislative action that we are seeing the benefits of to this day.”


Carla B. Monteiro, MSW, LICSW

“Witnessing such a remarkable individual like Tami, who has dedicated her life to social work and public service is heartening. Her unwavering commitment to the betterment of others is truly inspiring, as she serves as an example for all of us to follow.”

Check out the thought-provoking dialogue that unfolded between Dr. Tami Gouveia and Dean Barabara Jones during the Shaping the Future of Social Work in Health & Public Health event here.