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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: Christine Griffin

Christine Griffin
Christine Griffin

APRIL 12, 2013
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet

RSVP by March 29, 2013, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

Christine Griffin, Law '73, Executive Director of The Disability Law Center, will be the featured speaker at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work 7th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture. Griffin will speak on "Diversity and Inclusion: When Will People with Disabilities Be Included?"

Griffin recently returned to The Disability Law Center as the Executive Director. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

A former active duty veteran and Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year," Griffin also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In 2005, she was sworn in to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and later was appointed by President Obama as its Acting Vice Chairman. Griffin is responsible for the creation and implementation of multiple groundbreaking initiatives in the disability rights arena.

Christine Griffin, "Diversity and Inclusion: When Will People with Disabilities Be Included?"