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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

5th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

Jack Kirkland
Jack Kirkland

MARCH 25, 2011
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jack Kirkland, Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: "The Black Masses—Permanently in Poverty—Slavery—Depression—Recession—as Far as the Eye Can See. Unless…"

RSVP by March 11, 2011, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

Dr. Jack Kirkland, an internationally known scholar on the African-American family, has lectured extensively on multiculturalism and economic development. He joined Washington University as co-founder, and later director, of the African American Studies Program. He has served as Community Development Director for the Peace Corps in Latin America, Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, and as a consultant to mayors of several cities. Dr. Kirkland has been recognized for his efforts in bringing together people of diverse cultural backgrounds to work on behalf of youths at risk.

1.25 CEU hours. Breakfast buffet.