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William Rainford

William Rainford, LMSW, Ph.D.

Dean and Associate Professor

Phone: 202-319-5454

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• Catholic Social Teaching
• Death Penalty
• Homelessness
• Poverty in America
• Hunger and Food Insecurity
• Unemployment/Underemployment
• Low-income Housing

School: Social Service

Media Appearances

  • December 3, 2016

    Idaho Statesman

    William C. Rainford, dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, was mentioned in an Idaho Statesman article on Interfaith Sanctuary shelter and it’s connection to Boise State University.

  • August 10, 2016

    The Washington Post

    Violent encounters between police officers and civilians have sparked a national debate about law enforcement’s use of force, with calls for adding more people of color to police departments, increasing the use of body cameras or more intensive training. As a former police officer who studied social development, William C. Rainford has a unique perspective on the issue. The dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America argues that putting an end to excessive force is a matter for higher education.

  • July 14, 2015

    Arlington Catholic Herald

    “Human trafficking is a direct affront to the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person. The conference calls our attention to our obligation as a church to directly redress this horrible human tragedy,” said William Rainford, dean of Catholic U.’s National Catholic School of Social Service.

Dean Rainford is nationally recognized for his work as a social justice advocate and administrator in social work education. He has received numerous honors, including the Catholic Charities USA Volunteer of the Year, National Association of Social Work-Idaho Social Worker of the Year, and the Boise State University Larry Selland Humanitarian Award. His scholarly work focuses on social development, social work pedagogy, and poverty in America. Previously, Rainford was director of the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Prior to that, he was director of the Master of Social Work Program at Boise State University. He co-authored legislation that created Missouri Family Development Accounts with Michael Sherraden, director of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.

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