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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

Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations"

Diversity and Alumni Event

JANUARY 10, 2014
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3 CEUs

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.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

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:

  • Distinguished Recent Alumni Award: Erin McAleer, MSW '05. McAleer currently serves as Director of Cabinet Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's office.
    See bio »
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01. Vosburg-Casey is an attorney at the Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center and advocates for justice for those in the criminal system in Georgia.  See bio »
Conference Schedule
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.

Videos from the Event

"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