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 »
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 »
JANUARY 13, 2012
Parking: Beacon Street Garage levels 3 or 4 (entrances are on levels 1 and 2). Visitor parking rates apply without a Boston College parking permit.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED. (Registration has closed.)
3 CEUs offered
The 2012 GSSW Alumni Award Event will be co-sponsored by the GSSW Diversity Committee, whose theme this year is "Spirituality and Social Work."
Faculty, students, alumni, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This event brings the entire GSSW community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.
|8:00 – 8:30 a.m.||Check in, coffee, and pastries (outside McGuinn 121 auditorium)|
|8:30 – 9:45 a.m.||Welcome and Keynote Address|
|10:00 – 11:00 a.m.||Workshops|
|11:15 - 11:45 a.m.||Workshop summaries and discussion|
|11:45 - 12:15 p.m.||Distinguished Alumni Award presentation|
|12:15 - 12:30 p.m.||Book signing and sale|
Keynote Address: "Spiritual Diversity in Social Work: The Heart of Helping"
The keynote address will be presented by Edward R. Canda, PhD, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.
Dr. Canda studied the anthropology of religions, art, and art history as an undergraduate. He later received an MA in religious studies focusing on East Asian religions and comparative religions. Out of a desire to integrate interests in religious studies and social service, he then obtained MSW and PhD degrees at The Ohio State University (1980-1986) with a focus of study and practice on cross-cultural and spiritual issues.
Throughout his distinguished career as practitioner and scholar, Dr. Canda has been a welcome voice calling the profession to recognize the significance of spirituality for the clients and communities we serve.
Breakout sessions will be offered following the keynote to explore the integration of spirituality and social work in specific settings and populations. 3 CEUs offered.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The morning program will end with the presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award.
We hope you will all join us as we continue to come together to celebrate our school's
75th Anniversary year.