Dewin Hernandez
Pronouns
He/ Him/His
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Residency Coordinator, Lawrence Community Works

Dewin Hernandez was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1993. Dewin began his musical endeavors at a very young age. Encouraged by his family and mentors, he attended Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Music Business Management and Professional Music with a concentration in Music Education. As part of his musical training, Dewin studied under distinguished faculty at Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece.

Music was a protective factor that empowered Dewin to overcome many adversities faced as a gay Afro-Latino. Understanding the positive force of music, he went onto work with youth and families in the private and non-profit behavioral health sectors to promote intercultural, interracial, and social understanding leveraging the transformative power of music for social justice. He developed a keen passion for public health and social justice working as part of Massachusetts's Child Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).

Dewin is currently an MSW/MBA candidate at Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) and the Caroll School of Management where is part of the Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI) education cohort. LLI trains and supports the next generation of bilingual social service leaders to work with Latinx individuals, families, and communities. His clinical training and focus are at the intersection of the Latinx and LGBTQ+ experience. Dewin completed his first-year clinical internship at the Department of Mental Health (DMH): Metro-Boston Office as a Clinical Service Authorization Specialist.

A resident of Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW), Dewin oversees the residency program integrating incoming residents into LCW's everyday operation and culture while contributing to the program's strategic planning and redesign. Dewin is a 2019 Harvard Rappaport Public Policy Fellow. This past summer, he interned at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, working alongside Chief of Staff Crystal Collier, as part of the Race, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. He developed an evolving evidence-based toolkit for outreach and engagement targeted to communities of color. A significant portion of the project included a literature review of best data-driven community engagement strategies and procurement recommendations. Looking ahead, he aims to help shape a government that prioritizes social justice, equitable health services, and well-being for all citizens, and to empower young people from marginalized populations to become the leaders their communities need.