Message from the Director
The Moakley Center at Suffolk University was established in 1973 when the New England Commission gave the University money to develop programs to help the public service workforce do their work more efficiently and effectively. Creating a traditional academic presence (now The Institute for Public Service), Suffolk rolled out a Master of Public Administration degree in 1975. The graduate program is nationally accredited and has over 2,000 graduates.
The Moakley Center is the “clinical” partner to the Institute for Public Service. Its priorities are to promote dialogue on important public policy issues, to support and advise community organizations in meeting their service missions, and to offer programs that build human capital in the public service industry.
Our current agenda includes certificate programs in partnership with Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, Boston Police Department, Latino Health Institute/Haitian Multi-Service Center, Massachusetts Municipal Association, Eunice Shriver Center, Massachusetts Association of C766 Approved Private Schools, and the Massachusetts Human Services Providers Council.
In partnership with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Communities for People (CFP), the Moakley Center is expanding its two youth job programs—Summer iWorks and Job Opportunity Boston—matching dozens of eager teens with meaningful employment opportunities.
Finally, the Moakley Center plans to continue its program evaluation and community support services with the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) of Lowell; Higher Ground of Boston’s Warren Garden neighborhood; Dunbar Community Center of Springfield; and the Towns of Pembroke, Plymouth, and Marshfield.