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AUGUST 12, 2014
LIFTopolis is a unique event sponsored by LIFT, a non-profit organization devoted to establishing "a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country's fight against poverty."
During the course of two days, LIFTopolis attendees (including social workers, social work educators, and students) engage in an interactive simulation where they're asked to "navigate the complex process of obtaining stable housing, employment, and other basic needs when living in poverty." In short, participants spend time walking in the shoes of the men, women, and children they provide, or will provide, services to.
This year, BC Social Work Director of Field Education Sue Coleman took part in LIFTopolis for the first time, an event which she says was an "eye-opening experience that could serve as a great resource for many in the field of social work." More about LIFTopolis »
AUGUST 11, 2014
Assistant Professor Jessica Black was recently awarded an Ignite grant, one of two new grant programs launched by Boston College to provide seed funding for new faculty scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration. Black said her Ignite award will support her research on youth with or at risk for learning disabilities as part of a team that includes researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.
"This Ignite Award is important to expand learning disabilities research beyond deficit and risk to also include explicit focus on under explored protective processes – such as academic and non-academic strengths, future orientation, motivation, and mentor relationships – that may contribute to resilience outcomes for these youth," Black said. The team is preparing to seek federal funding for a large-scale, long-term youth study using neuro-imaging. More about Jessica Black's grant award »
JULY 11, 2014
A Boston College program that aims to build global expertise in social welfare has been renewed for three years, following an agreement with Santander Universities, a division of Santander Bank, NA.
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander Bank US, formally extended the BC-Santander agreement at a July 8 signing ceremony attended by BC and Santander representatives. Under the agreement, Santander will continue its support for the University's international doctoral program in social welfare, headquartered in the Graduate School of Social Work. More about the BC-Santander Agreement »
JULY 10, 2014
"BC Perspectives" highlights some of the important issues being explored by the Boston College community that reflect the Graduate School of Social Work's commitment to social justice.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. While much has changed since 1964, our nation still has a multitude of uphill social battles in front of us, from eliminating ongoing racism, to finding a way to provide widespread access to quality healthcare, to caring for our aging population.
In a recent issue of America magazine, Boston College School of Law Dean Vincent D. Rougeau penned an article on the legacy and ongoing challenges of the civil rights act. It's a powerfully personal story of his own family's journey, where he recounts his grandfather's life in segregation as a migrant worker who was never assured of receiving his next paycheck. More about 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act »
JUNE 30, 2014
This June, leaders in the field of social work across academia, research, and practice convened at the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference to discuss "Management in the Age of Innovation" at Simmons College in Boston. Throughout the course of two days, deans and directors of schools of social work engaged with executive directors and CEOs of leading organizations, while workers on the front lines shared their perspectives on how social workers can make a difference through innovation toward building organizations for change. Faculty and students studying tomorrow's best practices in management discussed the emerging skill sets needed for tomorrow's leaders. Attendees represented organizations from across the United States. More about BC Social Work Leads Conversation on Innovation »
JUNE 3, 2014
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work doctoral student Amy Griffin has been awarded a Congressional Policy Fellowship from the Society for Research in Childhood Development, a one-year placement that involves working in the office of a member of Congress or for a Congressional committee or support agency.
"This fellowship offers the opportunity to influence policy with child development research, inform the research community about the importance of public policy, and act as an intermediary between the two," said Griffin, who is a teaching assistant for Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth McRoy. More about Amy Griffin's Fellowship »
MAY 27, 2014
This spring, Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was awarded a Teaching with New Media (TWIN) award by Boston College Instructional Design and eTeaching Services. The award, which recognizes faculty members for outstanding uses of technology in teaching, is just one proof point as to how BC Social Work is innovating to build leaders for the future.
"Every day teaching at the school of social work, I'm truly inspired by the possibility that my students are going to change the world," says Berzin. "By integrating the latest in technology into our classrooms, we are best preparing them for success once they leave campus and enter the workforce." More about Stephanie Berzin's award »
APRIL 30, 2014
"BC Social Work is a place based in novel ideas, and driven forward by social innovation."
David Takeuchi, PhD, arrived on the campus of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in September of 2013 as Professor and the inaugural Dorothy Book Scholar. As one of the nation's foremost sociologists on health, he assumed the role of Associate Dean for Research.
Takeuchi's main research focus has been on how race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status are associated with health, access to care, treatment, quality of care, and outcomes. Recently he was tapped by the National Research Council to serve on a committee on immigration designed to review the current state of knowledge in the field, and to make recommendations for improved research moving forward.
In this Q & A, Takeuchi discusses his recent arrival at Boston College, the blossoming role of research in the field of social work, and the critical need for enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration in the pursuit of better serving those who live at the margins of society. More about Q & A with David Takeuchi »
APRIL 11, 2014
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was proud to have four students selected to present at Grad Talks, Boston College’s version of TED Talks. On Wednesday, April 2nd, BC Social Work students Kevin McCarthy, Patricia Yu, Lynne Wanamaker, and Maeve Kennedy Gormly joined six other Boston College graduate students from across disciplines to present their topics of interest and expertise to a captivated audience. More about BC Social Work's Grad Talks Presenters »
APRIL 7, 2014
Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth McRoy has been chosen to receive two honors: a Child Advocate of the Year Award by the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the 2014 Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and its alumni organization, the Social Work Alumni Network.
A member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty since 2009, McRoy is a nationally recognized expert on adoption-related issues. Earlier this year McRoy was appointed to Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Adoption Task Force. She has contributed her expertise to the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, leading a research team in studies on barriers to adoption and factors associated with successful special needs adoptions. McRoy now directs a team conducting a 10-year evaluation of AdoptUSKids.
"Throughout my social work career, I have been focused on trying to find ways to improve our child welfare system and most importantly, to improve outcomes for children and families," said McRoy. "Every child deserves a permanent family." More about Ruth McRoy's Two Honors »
APRIL 2, 2014
Research on workplace flexibility by Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work has recently been highlighted nationally.
Pitt-Catsouphes spoke with Forbes magazine about the struggles of Americans balancing work and the care of elderly parents. Flexible schedules are an option, but Pitt-Catsouphes said, "it's important that flexibility be viewed as a resource rather than a break—and that employees demonstrate to managers that they're approaching it as a way to maintain strong professional performance even while dealing with a family crisis."
In another recent article featured in the Boston College Chronicle, Pitt-Catsouphes noted that flexible work options are out of reach for most employees or are limited in size and scope. In a new study by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work, where Pitt-Catsouphes serves as director, she and her research collaborators examined the flexible work arrangements of 545 U.S. employers and found that only one in five companies offered more than one approach to workplace flexibility, despite the fact that different employees need different options. More about Workplace Flexibility »
MARCH 26, 2014
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, PhD, has been promoted to Professor. Pitt-Catsouphes teaches in the Older Adults & Families concentration. She directs the Sloan Center on Aging & Work and is the founder and co-director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Her research focuses on social justice in the workplace, including quality of employment; older workers; multi-generational workforce; and work-family issues. Pitt-Catsouphes is currently co-principal investigator for the field experiment, the Time and Place Management Study, which is examining the outcomes of an intervention offering flexible work options to work units at a large health care organization.
MARCH 13, 2014
Boston College's innovative international doctoral program in social welfare, built around a partnership arrangement with Jesuit universities in Mexico and South America, is comfortably in stride mid-way through its second year of operation.
The first two students to enroll in the program – both from Mexican universities – are on the BC campus this academic year, with a second cohort slated to arrive in the fall and a third to be admitted shortly.
"We are very pleased with the progress thus far," said the program's director, Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor James Lubben of the Graduate School of Social Work, which houses the program. "Interest in the program at our current partner universities is very high, and several more Jesuit institutions in Latin America and Spain will be joining the partnership, or have expressed interest in doing so. More about International Social Welfare Program Aims to Promote 'Brain Exchange' »
MARCH 4, 2014
The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College Graduate School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession.
This year's recipient of the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award is Erin McAleer, MSW '05, Director of Cabinet Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. This year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01, Attorney, Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center. More about Distinguished Alumni »
GSSW in the News
Gubernatorial Candidate Touts Social Work's Role in Health Care at BC Social Work Forum
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker Jr., speaking at a Graduate School of Social Work forum Monday, endorsed the social work profession as a key player in health care reform.
"When I think of social workers, I think of problem-solvers," said Baker, former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, lauding social workers’ ability to "stitch clinical and social service issues together with real-life implications."
"They deal with the complexity of problems that don’t fit neatly into categories."
Baker was the keynote speaker at "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice," organized by GSSW to examine the potential roles and challenges for social workers in the wake of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An audience of nearly 300, most of them social work professionals and academics, filled the Corcoran Commons Heights Room for the event, which also featured a panel discussion moderated by National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain PhD ’01, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. More about gubernatorial candidate at forum »
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker Jr. will present the keynote address at a February 24 forum on health care reform sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work.
In addition to the talk by Baker, the event will feature a panel discussion on the roles social workers can – and should – play as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins to exert a greater influence on the health care landscape. National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain, PhD ’01, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, will serve as moderator. More about Baker's address at the Health Care Reform forum »
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
To say that the phone call Boston College graduate student Liz D’Onofrio got last fall was memorable, would be an understatement. The caller was talk show host, comedian, and actress Ellen DeGeneres, who reached out to D’Onofrio after she had posted the following on her facebook page: "I just answered an unknown number because I actually thought it might be Ellen DeGeneres. I never, ever want to miss that call." More about Grad Student Gets Invite »
JANUARY 23, 2014
Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing, co-chair of the Social Innovation Policy Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Blog, posits that Pope Francis is the world's greatest social innovator. More about Pope Francis as Social Innovator »
JANUARY 21, 2014
Officially launched during the 2012-2013 academic year, the Graduate School of Social Work’s Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) — which provides resources, studies and leadership for efforts on immigrant integration — has enjoyed a productive first year.
A major IIL initiative saw the awarding of the first Immigrant Integration Lab Fellowship to Lyndsey McMahan MSW ’14. More about the Fellowship »
JANUARY 13, 2014
The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to welcome Won “Hannah” Ha as the new Head of the Social Work Library. BC Social Work is one of only twelve social work schools nationwide and the only social work school in New England to maintain its own Social Work Library. More about New Head of the Social Work Library »
JANUARY 6, 2014
The current issue of BC Social Work Magazine showcases a series of networking initiatives launched by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The school has become a networking hub, building bridges with people and communities towards a humane, just, and sustainable world. More about BC Social Work networking hub »
DECEMBER 6, 2013
A national center headquartered at the Graduate School of Social Work has formed an innovative partnership to help prepare social workers for a rapidly expanding area of care for the elderly and people with disabilities. More about the center's key role »
NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work has announced new Certificate Programs within the MSW Program to give students the opportunity to engage in concentrated study in subject-specific areas of social work practice and expertise, allowing for enhanced skill sets and practice options.
Eight certificate options will be offered in the areas of Child Welfare; Latino Leadership; Neuroscience & Social Work; Policy & Community Organizing; Refugees & Immigrants; School Social Work; Trauma; and Veterans & Military Families. Certificate course offerings are subject to change each semester. More about the Certificates Program »
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
After the recent Boston mayoral election, the Boston Globe asked Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing and other forward-thinking civic figures to share their ideas on what a visionary new mayor could do for the city of Boston.
In her essay "A City of Innovators," Dearing offers an idea for New Economy Neighborhoods that would turn Boston's disenfranchised neighborhoods into "successful, small-scale engines of tomorrow. More about a 'City of Innovators' »
OCTOBER 18, 2013
The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), a research center within the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) hosted an orientation to kick off their Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports Project. The Partnerships Project will infuse participant-directed and person-centered competencies into the social work classroom and field curricula within social work programs and the Aging and Disability Network organizations in eight U.S. states and New York City, equipping a cohort of future social workers with the knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate participant-directed and person-centered services. More about the Partnerships Project »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
On September 25 the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) hosted the White House briefing, "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education." Professors James Lubben, Ruth McRoy, and Marylou Sudders attended as representatives of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. More about White House Briefing »
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
Westy Egmont, Research Professor and Director of the Immigrant Integration Lab, led twelve students from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work through England, Belgium, and France to study immigrant integration in the European Union (EU) this summer. The course, EU and U.S. Immigrant Integration: a Comparison of Social Policy, positioned students to actively research the issue of immigrant integration through a comparative analysis of policies and practices in the EU and the U.S. More about Immigrant Integration: Here and There »
AUGUST 5, 2013
The Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at Boston College recently launched and will focus on translating research into practice. Led by Dr. James Lubben, the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a leading scholar in social gerontology, the Center will collaborate with local agencies to identify gaps in education and training on aging. The Center will translate research into new knowledge to inform practice and policy in geriatric social work. More about the Hartford Center at Boston College »
JULY 25, 2013
A new study that maps economic mobility has shown when it comes to escaping poverty, where people live matters. While some Southern and Midwestern cities didn't fare well by the metrics used, residents of Northeastern cities such as Boston have an easier time moving up the ladder.
Boston still struggles with struggles areas of concentrated poverty, but Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor of Macro Practice at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, says the city has shifted in important ways. "We are much better integrated, much more equal, much less overtly racist than we were 20 years ago — and than most of America thinks that we are now," Dearing says. More about Boston's Economic Mobility »
JUNE 26, 2013
Get and give help. Consider small changes as well as big ideas. Build on strengths but consider moving outside of your comfort zone. Be ready. And be bold.
These suggestions for achieving success in social innovation are among the findings of a recent study co-authored by two Boston College faculty members on Massachusetts’ status as a leader in social innovation, which addresses social needs by blending entrepreneurship and practices from business with social work’s expertise in non-profit management and commitment to social justice.
Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professors Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Stephanie Berzin, directors of GSSW’s Center for Social Innovation, and their co-author Luis de Zengotita compiled the study through interviews with 23 leaders of human service agencies who had spearheaded different types of social innovation initiatives. More about the study of social innovation in Massachusetts »
JUNE 19, 2013
BC Social Work Associate Professor, Stephaine Berzin, co-organized a forum on campus earlier this month to discuss the issue of housing for vulnerable young adults aging out of the foster care system. The forum featured agencies and housing programs from across the state with a record of success in serving this at-risk population. More about the Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults »
MAY 29, 2013
The Graduate School of Social Work's groundbreaking National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS marks its silver anniversary this year, its focus having changed in light of medical science's progress against the disease over the past quarter-century. But as conference founder Vincent Lynch adds, the need for the forum — which took place in May 2013 in Chicago — is as great as ever.
"Now, as then, it is social workers who confront the devastating impact AIDS has on individuals and families," said Lynch, who is director of continuing education at GSSW. "The goal of the conference has always been the same: to share experiences, practices, and ideas that will enable social workers to meet the needs of their clients." More about the HIV/AIDS Conference Silver Anniversary »
MAY 17, 2013
The Immigrant Integration Lab in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Optimized Student Support in the Boston College Lynch School of Education co-hosted an event on May 10, 2013, that brought together experts from the fields of education and immigration. Panelists spoke on the obstacles and opportunities facing immigrant children in the world of education. More about the Seminar on Supporting Immigrant Students »
MAY 16, 2013
Dr. David T. Takeuchi will join Boston College Graduate School of Social Work this Fall 2013 as Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Dorothy Book Scholar.
Takeuchi's main research focus has been on how race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status are associated with health, access to care, treatment, quality of care, and outcomes. He was a key architect of the National Latino and Asian American Study, one of the most comprehensive studies of Latinos and Asian Americans ever conducted. Takeuchi served as principal investigator of major grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations, and he is currently co-investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute funded by the National Institute of Health and Health Disparities. More about David Takeuchi Joining BC Social Work »
APRIL 26, 2013
Students in the Social Innovation + Leadership Program at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work participated in a day-long series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. The annual Social Innovation Day, this year held on April 8, gives social work students an opportunity to experience social innovation firsthand. More about Social Innovation Day »
APRIL 11, 2013
The Hartford/Gerontological Society of America (GSA) National Center on Gerontological Social Work Excellence has chosen Boston College to be one of the first Hartford Academic Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work.
The Hartford Center at Boston College will be led by GSA Fellow James Lubben, faculty member and director of the doctoral program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). More about the Hartford Center at Boston College »
APRIL 2, 2013
Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, spoke to the Boston College Social Work community on April 2, 2013, about the politics and policies of inclusion.
"Welcoming new Americans reminds us of our ideals," said Governor Patrick. "The American dream is more than the stuff of legend or folklore. It's real … and it's especially real in the lives of immigrants and those of us who work to make it real, and make it last." More about Governor Patrick's Address »
APRIL 2, 2013
Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professor Marylou Sudders has been appointed by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo to a special advisory panel that will study and recommend possible legislative solutions to address gun violence. Sudders, a former Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health, chairs the GSSW Health and Mental Health Concentration and focuses her teaching and research on mental health policy, children's mental health, mental health planning, and child abuse and neglect.
"I appreciate that, with the creation of this panel, we are trying to have a thoughtful conversation about guns and mental illness, instead of reacting viscerally to events," said Sudders. "I am honored to play any part I can in aiding this dialogue." More about gun violence panel »
MARCH 26, 2013
Boston College welcomed 94 new American citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on March 21, 2013.
"Social work is all about inclusion and empowerment," said GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi. "There is something unique about experiencing this moment, when people from all walks of life collectively embrace the values of the nation. We wanted to bring this ceremony to BC to be witnessed by the students, faculty, and staff of Boston College." More about Naturalization Ceremony »
MARCH 22, 2013
The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Marketing & Communications Office has received four awards for the GSSW video, Where Transformation Happens, and the BC Social Work Magazine: 75th Anniversary Special Addition. More about four awards »
MARCH 18, 2013
In recognition of initiatives such as the Graduate School of Social Work's Social Innovation and Leadership Program and Lab, Boston College has been named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, a global association of leading social entrepreneurs.
The Changemaker designation recognizes colleges and universities that "have embedded social innovation as a core value" and built "supportive environments for changemaking across the entire institution – from admissions through the curriculum, career services, all the way to community and alumni engagement." More about Boston College designation »
MARCH 12, 2013
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced that Anthony "Angelo" McClain, PhD, LICSW, has been named its new Chief Executive Officer. McClain received his PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 2001.
McClain joins NASW, the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, after serving six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). More about GSSW Alumnus »
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Tom Crea, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Crea teaches in the Children, Youth and Families concentration. His areas of research include services for vulnerable children and families; decision-making in social services; special needs adoption, orphans and vulnerable children; and program evaluation. In addition to authoring several recent publications, Crea co-authored an article for an upcoming issue of The Lancet about child health and development in eastern Zimbabwe.
FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Tiziana Dearing will join Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in the fall of 2013 as a full-time Associate Professor of Macro Practice with a focus on social innovation and leadership. Since 2010, Dearing has been CEO of Boston Rising, a start-up anti-poverty fund dedicated to breaking the generational cycle of poverty in Boston's neighborhoods. Dearing earned a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA in English from the University of Michigan. More about Tiziana Dearing joining GSSW »
FEBRUARY 19, 2013
With an important major milestone completed, organizers of the Graduate School of Social Work’s social innovation initiative are now planning for its next phase, including an effort to involve other Boston College schools, departments, and programs. Nearly three years ago, GSSW Associate Professors Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Stephanie Berzin launched the initiative, establishing a center to coordinate activities that promote social innovation — a growing field that blends entrepreneurship and practices from business/management and other disciplines to address social needs. More about GSSW social innovation leaders »
JANUARY 15, 2013
In the midst of a national groundswell for immigration reform, the Graduate School of Social Work co-sponsored a Dec. 14 colloquium that officially launched its broad-based effort to aid immigrants’ transition into American democratic society. The event, held in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons, served as a formal welcome for GSSW's Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) and its director, GSSW Research Professor Westy Egmont. More about the colloquium »
JANUARY 15, 2013
By mid-century, the majority of the U.S. population will be made up of minorities, predominantly Latinos. In response, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work established a Latino Leadership Initiative program (LLI). The new offering bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities here and abroad. More about BC Social Work Latino Leadership Initiative »