Social Capital: More than ever, who has it; why do we need it; and how do we build it?

A Social Issue Talk
October 22, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Open to the public

Join the Social Innovation Forum on October 22, 2020, from 6:00-7:00 pm EDT for the virtual Social Issue Talk "Social Capital: More than ever, who has it; why do we need it; and how do we build it?"


julia mejia
Julia Mejia, City Councilor At-Large, City of Boston 

Like many residents in the City of Boston, immigration is part of Julia Mejia’s story. Julia was born in the Dominican Republic and arrived in Dorchester when she was five years old. Raised by a single mother who was undocumented, she began advocating at a young age on behalf of her mother and others in her community in order to access vital city services.

While working with her mother cleaning offices in the evening and working towards graduating high school during the day, Julia attended a presentation given by the Reverend Liz Walker, which would change the course of her life. She went on to graduate from the Boston Public School system, becoming the first in her family to graduate high school and college. Julia went on to work for MTV, covering the 2000 presidential election as a reporter, focusing on her life-long passion of government accountability and civic engagement. She created and led a civic engagement group focused on voter registration and was the founder of a nonprofit education network. Through her work, Julia has become enriched by the experiences of bringing people together from all walks of life.

Elected to the City Council of the great city of Boston starting in 2020, Julia serves with the reminder that nothing about us, without us, is for us. Julia is a graduate of Dorchester High School and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Ida College. She lives in Dorchester with her daughter, Annalise, and their little Shih-Tzu, Toby.

2020 Social Innovator

Boston HERC
Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center)

The Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center) and its signature Passport to College program, equip low-income, first-generation youth to access and thrive in higher education, break the cycle of poverty, and transform their communities. This Latino-led, culturally sensitive program focuses on matching cohorts of first-generation students with first-generation college graduate coaches to lead them through the college process and to develop the 21st Century Skills students need to succeed in college and careers.
Track Partner

MassMutual Foundation


Our Social Issue Talk Series is BACK, and this time around, we are convening virtually on Zoom! This event is intended for funders and community leaders who are interested in learning from leading experts in our social impact community and select Innovators from our 2020 Social Innovator cohort about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.

Learn about the entire series here