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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

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Scott Harshbarger, Former Massachusetts Attorney General

Scott Harshbarger

OCTOBER 31, 2013
12:20–1:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 8 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will sponsor a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leadership speakers will be invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, and change management/transformation and social innovation to the discussions. The program will take place as a luncheon series where leaders will be interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and three pieces of advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

The first luncheon, to be held on October 31, will be open to 8 macro students. Reservation sign-ups are on a first come, first-serve basis. Former Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Scott Harshbarger will be the first Macro-SIL guest speaker.

Harshbarger served as President and CEO of Common Cause in Washington, DC, a national nonprofit citizens' lobby and government watchdog group. He currently chairs the board of Community Resources for Justice and serves on boards for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Board of Ethics Resource Center, Union Theological Seminary, and Harvard School of Public Health.

Future events in the Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series are planned for the months of November, January, and March. Additional sessions may be added. Most events will be scheduled on a Thursday from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. or on a Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 8 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.