Alumnus and author Thomas F. Sheridan, ’82, returned to his alma mater on February 3, 2020 to talk about his new book and inspire social work students to become “catalysts for change.” Sheridan is the author of Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change. The book is a first-hand account of Sheridan’s role as a key player in passing groundbreaking legislation, including the Ryan White CARE Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Sheridan encouraged students to vote, be engaged, and be committed to solving problems. He stressed that they should never let anyone tell them they are too young to make a difference. “It’s actually when you are too young that you have the greatest courage to engage boldly and to risk failure. This courage to fail, to challenge, to insist, and persist is a vital ingredient for good to prevail.”
Sheridan has been the President of the Sheridan Group for the past 25 years. His book includes practical tips and advice he has learned throughout his Washington career on the front lines of many social issues.