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 »
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College Graduate School of Social Work 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.
In academic year 2013-2014, the GSSW community is focusing on Justice, Diversity, and Aging. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore the challenges that social workers face in meeting the needs of older immigrants and refugees and older LGBT men and women.
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. We are pleased to announce the 2014 award recipients:
|8:00 – 8:30 a.m.||Check in, coffee, and pastries|
|8:30 – 8:45 a.m.||Welcome|
|8:45 – 10:00 a.m.||"LGBT Aging and Caregiving: What Social Workers Need to Know" *
Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, Director, LGBT Aging Project
GSSW Faculty Moderator: Susan Tohn, Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice
|10:00 – 10:15 a.m.||Break
|10:15 – 11:30 a.m.||"The Invisible, Unheard and Underserved Minority Elders" *
Irina Rutman, Program Coordinator and Case Manager, Jewish Family & Children's Service
Kun Chang, MSW, LICSW, Assistant Executive Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
Saida Abdi, MSW, MA, Clinical Social Worker and Researcher, Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience
GSSW Faculty Moderator: James Lubben, Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair, PhD Program Director, Institute on Aging Director
|11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.||Distinguished Alumni Award presentations|
* In addition to the primary speakers, each session will involve a BC Social Work faculty member, student, and alumni representative.
"LGBT Aging and Caregiving: What Social Workers Need to Know"
Lisa Krinsky, Director, LGBT Aging Project
Note: The video references the movie "Gen Silent," which is available in the Boston College University Libraries.
"The Invisible, Unheard and Underserved Minority Elders"
Irina Rutman, Program Coordinator and Case Manager, Jewish Family & Children's Service, and Kun Chang, Assistant Executive Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Erin McAleer, MSW '05, Director of Cabinet Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01, Attorney, Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center