Moakley Forum

Through the Moakley Forum, we invite stakeholders, students, and interested citizens to engage issues of public importance in which keynote speakers have developed regional and national distinction.

In 2010, Suffolk University, in collaboration with community partners created the Moakley Breakfast Forum to honor and promote Congressman Moakley’s outstanding legacy in public service and to evoke his passion for engaging communities in the discourse of public life.

Recent forums focused on topics including:

  • Income Inequality: Overcoming the Divide (October 2019)
  • The Greater Boston Housing Dilemma: Who Has Skin in The Game? (May 2019)
  • The High Price of "Burnout" (May 2018)
  • Legalizing Marijuana in Massachusetts (October 2017)

Moakley Public Service Award

Awarded during the Moakley Breakfast Forum, the annual Moakley Public Service Award recognizes individuals who exemplify Congressman Moakley’s commitment and outstanding performance in the public service sector.

In 2019 it was presented to the community partners of The Union at 48 Boylston Street. The property at 48 Boylston was built by the Boston Young Men's Christian Union in 1875, in pursuit of its mission to engage in charitable work, and operated for over 150 years. In honoring this legacy, St. Francis House and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston purchased, developed, and opened the property, The Union at 48 Boylston, as a means of continuing to serve those in need. This collaborative effort created forty-six units of affordable housing to help homeless residents. The Union at 48 Boylston was made possible by key partners and leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors of Massachusetts.

Past Moakley Forum Topics




  • Immigration Policy: What is Good for America?
  • Recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts: Benefit or Curse?


  • Abusing Substances: How to Balance Treatment and Punishment
  • Polling the 2016 Presidential Race: Do we vote for the candidate or the office holder?


  • Fifty Years Voting: Rights Attained or Rights Suppressed?
  • Changing State Government: What is the Suffolk Alumni Impact?


  • Our State Economy Going Forward: Is There a Job for Me?
  • Massachusetts Leading the National Agenda: Don’t Sit this Election Out!


  • Massachusetts Health Care Cost Containment Law: A Model for the Nation?
  • Senator William “Mo” Cowan presents: My Reflections… Leading Congress into Order: Stalemate is not an Option