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 »
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 »
Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.
The day will culminate in an awards ceremony for the winning prototype from the student presentations. The ceremony and plaque are sponsored by the first SIL graduating cohort, the class of 2013.
The 2014 winning team is first year macro students Ian Witherby, Joel Danforth, Kristle Sylvester, and Megan Van Ness, who developed the project "MYVIEW – Mentoring Youth Via Internet & Electronic Worlds." The project capitalizes on the technological savvy of today's youth to promote a supportive community for questioning, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth ages 13 to 21.
Michael Moloney, President and CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates, a Massachusetts nonprofit serving 3,500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Moloney was named "Master Social Innovator" by the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for his innovative work in leveraging sustainable partnerships among leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. He is a member of the Board of Directors and incoming Chairperson of the Provider's Council, which represents 220 organizations and over 100,000 staff, and he provides leadership for the Caring Force, a grassroots effort advocating for better economic conditions for direct support staff.
Suzin Bartley, Executive Director of the Children's Trust
Humberto Camarena, Assistant Director of the Boston College Center for Social Innovation
Laura Foote, Adjunct Lecturer on Social Enterprise and Crisis Leadership in the Carroll School of Management
Daniel Nakamoto, Executive Director of Administrative Services, North American Family Institute