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Q & A: Field Education Director Walks in the Shoes of a Client

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 »

GSSW in the News
Jessica Black Awarded University Ignite Grant to Support Neuroscience Research

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 »

Events

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

Jessica Black
Usha George

MARCH 26, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Featured Speaker: Dr. Usha George, Professor and Dean,  Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University,Toronto.
Topic: Immigrants and Refugees: Settlement Issues and Service Delivery Models

RSVP by March 12th. Contact Serena Hearts at heartz@bc.edu or call 617.552-0866.
Her research focuses on social development; newcomer settlement and integration; and diversity and organizational change. She was the Royal Bank Chair in Applied Social Work Research at the University of Toronto School of Social Work and has served as Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. She has extensive university teaching, research and administrative experience in India, Africa and the U.S.