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Bill Kiernan

Thanks Bill

Farewell to Outgoing Dean Bill Kiernan!

Dr. William E. Kiernan recently celebrated his retirement from his role as dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, the UMass Boston graduate school where the ICI is housed.

Since he joined the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1972, Bill has been a leader in the area of ensuring full rights and self-determination for people with disabilities. Bill became the director of the ICI in 1993, and held that position until 2017.

In the director role, Bill led our institute to become a national and international innovator around inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of society, with a special focus on competitive employment in the community.

Throughout Bill’s career, he has been a beacon for justice and equity for all vulnerable and excluded populations, especially those with disabilities. We will miss him, and are grateful for his many years of leadership.

Watch our tribute video to Bill, below.


The ICI recently celebrated 50 years of promoting inclusion through its research and training activities. To see a recap of our festivities, view an interactive historical timeline of the institute, and see videos of the ICI community speaking about Inclusion, visit our #ICI50 page.

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ICI @ 50

2019-20 Gopen and Crocker Fellowships

The application process is now open for the 2019-20 Gopen and Crocker Fellowships. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 23rd.

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CES ACRE Supplement Now Available

Offered through Direct Course, the College of Employment Services (CES) curriculum can help your staff advance their careers as employment professionals. Now they can access even more intensive career development, through the CES ACRE Supplement offered by the Institute for Community at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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