JUNE 11, 2013
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP required by May 28, 2013, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults will bring together representatives of agencies with successful housing programs for vulnerable populations from across Massachusetts to discuss who they serve, what type of housing and services are provided, where housing is located, when and how it was established, and why their program is working.
The forum is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Department of Child & Family Services (DCF) Care and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. More about the Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults »
MAY 20, 2013
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:30–2:30 p.m.— Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony
The 137th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013. The University Commencement, which is attended by all graduates, is held in Alumni Stadium (rain or shine) and will begin with the Academic Procession at 9:15 a.m. and end after approximately two hours. More about Commencement 2013 »
MAY 13, 2013
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP by May 10, 2013, to 617-552-4024 or email@example.com
Meet other admitted students, current students, faculty, and staff. Appetizers and light refreshments will be available. More about Newly Admitted Students Reception »
MAY 2, 2013
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
The Class of 2013 from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will present posters on diverse policy topics. Students from the Children, Youth, and Families; Health and Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families concentrations will showcase and discuss analyses of policy components and implementation issues. More about the 6th Annual Policy Poster Session »
APRIL 12, 2013
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
RSVP by March 29, 2013, to Serena Heartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-0866
Christine Griffin, 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?" More about Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »
APRIL 11, 2013
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
This conference is a collaborative effort highlighting doctoral student research in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Lynch School of Education, and William F. Connell School of Nursing. More about Multidisciplinary PhD Research Day »
APRIL 2, 2013
Free but ticketed event. Limited tickets available at Robsham Theater Box Office.
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work invites the Boston College community to an address by Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, about the politics and policies of inclusion.
Having served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Clinton, Governor Patrick brings a commitment to education, immigrants, veterans, health care, and the environment. His administration is notable for the diversity of his appointments and the inclusivity of his policies. More about address by Governor Patrick »
APRIL 2, 2013
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP required by March 22, 2013, to email@example.com or 617-552-4027 (Seating is limited. Supervisors and students attend together.)
NOTE: The Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast event is at capacity and now closed, but limited tickets are still available at Robsham Theater for the presentation by Governor Deval Patrick. Ticket information »
Field supervisors and their interns are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast. The event is an opportunity to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to our students' training and education.
We are proud to have as our special guest speaker Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts. More about the Mary Mason Breakfast »
MARCH 22, 2013
Massachusetts requires Social Workers who work in public school settings as School Social Workers or as School Adjustment Counselors to obtain a Department of Education license in addition to their Social Work license. Requirements for courses and field education will be discussed at this workshop.
MSW graduates must also request a Panel Review of their application, and this workshop will explain what that entails.
Sponsored by the GSSW Advising Center. For more information, contact Liz Cinquino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 15, 2013
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs. More about GSSW Recruitment Fair »
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
A member from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work will explain the social work licensure process in Massachusetts. While they will not be able to answer specific questions about requirements in other states, the process is similar enough in other states (except California) to make it worthwhile to attend for students looking to practice outside of Massachusetts.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
JANUARY 28, 2013
Free, but registration requested
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will host the U.S. premiere of a special documentary film, "Quando a casa é a rua (When Home Is the Street)." Award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Thereza Jessouroun chronicles the lives of street children in Rio de Janeiro and Guadalajara, and brings to life stories of the street children's resilience and transformation through the power of compassion and support. More about Film Screening »
JANUARY 11, 2013
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3 CEUs offered
The 2013 GSSW Alumni Award Event is co-sponsored by the GSSW Alumni Association and the GSSW Diversity Committee, whose theme this year is "Living with Disabilities: Lessons for Social Workers."
Faculty, students, alumni, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. More about GSSW Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event »
JANUARY 10, 2013
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
For Final Year Students: A half-day event to kick off your last semester at GSSW! The event includes an overview of the job search, a resume and cover letter writing workshop, and an alumni panel who will share their career experiences. Continental breakfast.
DECEMBER 13, 2012
Dr. Thomas O'Hare, Associate Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and Dr. Margaret V. Sherrer, Associate Professor at Lyndon State College (and recent graduate of the Boston College GSSW Doctoral Program) have both received Fulbright-Nehru Awards to teach and conduct research in Kerala, India. They will be affiliated with Rajagiri College in Kerala from January to April 2012. More about Fulbright-Nehru Awardees »
DECEMBER 6, 2012
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work doctoral student Alison Rhodes has received the Sarah Haley Memorial Fund Social Work Scholarship in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The award, given to a clinician in direct service to traumatized individuals, recognizes demonstrated potential to further the understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through clinical work, research, preparation for teaching, writing for publication, or the design of an innovative community program. More about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scholarship »
NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Boston College, founded 150 years ago to educate the children of Boston immigrants, has embarked on a new initiative to help foreign-born persons make a successful transition into American democratic society.
The Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL), housed at the University's Graduate School of Social Work and under the direction of Westy Egmont, is a unique applied research lab that addresses the critical issue of immigrant inclusion. The IIL draws on academic and clinical expertise to provide resources, studies and leadership to national working groups, local agencies and professional leadership that focus on immigrant integration. More about GSSW Center »
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
After coming of age in a crucible of war and destruction, Demetrius Iatridis has spent his adult life seeking to foster a world built on cooperation and compassion for those in need.
Iatridis will retire next month after 46 years as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work, with a reputation as an esteemed researcher and teacher in social policy and social welfare. He’s also been hailed as a pioneer in bringing an international context to social work, particularly for his study of former communist nations’ efforts to build social services systems in a market economy.
GSSW faculty, staff and alumni, as well as special guests, honored Iatridis on November 12 in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. The event featured a keynote speech from former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and a panel discussion. More about A Voice for Social Justice »
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work research faculty member Barbara J. Berkman was honored recently with the Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Award at the American Cancer Society Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit in Atlanta. The award recognizes Berkman's tireless research, practice, and advocacy of social work and its importance in caring for cancer patients and their families. She is responsible for advancements in the assessment instruments that oncology social workers use to identify patients and families who are at risk for poor psychosocial adjustment to changes in health status. More about American Cancer Society Honor »
NOVEMBER 15, 2012
Marylou Sudders, MSW, Associate Professor of Macro Practice and Chair of the Health and Mental Health Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Board. The board appointments include a diverse mix of distinguished health policy experts, practitioners, and industry leaders. More about Health Policy Commission Board Appointment »
NOVEMBER 1, 2012
Visiting Professor Westy Egmont, Director of the new Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), led a group of ten graduate students on a summer elective course to Europe where they took a closer look at the policies and practices of immigrant integration in the European Union (EU). The group of four macro and six clinical practice students met with social service agencies, government officials, and advocacy groups in Oxford, London, Brussels, and Paris to learn more about the immigration challenges facing the EU. More about Comparison of Social Policy »
OCTOBER 31, 2012
The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) is pleased to announce its first Immigrant Integration Fellow. A $10,000 Fellowship has been awarded to Lyndsey McMahan, MSW '14, who will research the provision of basic needs to asylees in the United States being released from detention centers. McMahan, selected from a competitive pool of applicants, is a former community health worker in Zambia with the Peace Corps and a local social worker who has returned to school after a decade in the field. More about the Immigrant Integration Lab Fellowship »
OCTOBER 19, 2012
A collaboration between the Graduate School of Social Work and the Home for Little Wanderers — a renowned Boston-based non-profit child and family service agency — achieved a milestone last month with its first co-sponsored event, a conference titled "Finding Common Ground: Foster Care, Adoption, and Permanency for Children."
"It was a great day," said GSSW Donahue and DiFelice Professor Ruth McRoy, who has led GSSW’s collaboration with the Home for Little Wanderers, in an interview last week. "Planning the conference together was an important experience — bringing together a group of scholars and practitioners to share viewpoints, observations and expertise. We were very pleased with the number of attendees, and the diversity of affiliations." More about the Conference on Foster Care »
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
Professor Kevin Mahoney, director of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The Academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high impact work that advances social good. More about Professor Selected as Fellow »
AUGUST 17, 2012
Colleen Fitzgerald thought she was simply embarking on an international field placement last year to complete her studies in the Graduate School of Social Work. Instead, she wound up being a witness to history.
Upon completing her internship with the International Medical Corps in Jordan, Fitzgerald was offered an opportunity by the organization to work in an unlikely, and dangerous, setting: Libya, which at the time was in the throes of an uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.
But Fitzgerald decided to go. Now, with the first anniversary of Gaddafi’s overthrow this month, she is reflecting on what has been an eventful year, both for her and the country she has called home. More about GSSW Alumna from the Boston College Chronicle »
AUGUST 16, 2012
Recent President and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), Marylou Sudders, will join the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work this fall as a full-time associate professor of Macro Practice in the Health & Mental Health concentration. More about Leader in Mental Health Services »
JUNE 29, 2012
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Summer Sherburne Hawkins will join the Health & Mental Health Concentration as an assistant professor this fall. Hawkins is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on examining the impact of policies on disparities in maternal and child health. More about New Faculty Appointment »
JUNE 27, 2012
Christina Matz-Costa was selected as a 2012 Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work. She is one of eight scholars nationwide selected to receive $100,000 over the next two years to enhance research, teaching, and leadership skills. Matz-Costa is an Assistant Professor in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a Senior Research Associate at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. More about Hartford Faculty Scholar from the Sloan Center on Aging & Work »
JUNE 7, 2012
Sara Miller, a doctoral student at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been selected for the third cohort of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to support dissertation and career development in gerontological social work research and education. More about Doctoral Student Award »
MAY 7, 2012
Caitlin Partyka, a first-year student at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been selected as a 2012-2013 Albert Schweitzer Fellow in recognition of her dedication and skill in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.
Working through Sociedad Latina in Roxbury, Partyka has established an exercise program that offers weekly opportunities for area youths to participate in physical activity and to learn about diabetes prevention, nutrition, and overall health and wellness. Through the program, she also hopes to foster leadership among young people, bolstering their confidence and problem-solving skills in the process.
"Caitlin represents the professionalism, drive, and creativity that social workers strive for on a continual basis. She is a complete asset to our profession and we are so proud of her fellowship," said GSSW faculty member Sandee Tisdale. More about Schweitzer Fellow from the Boston College Chronicle »
MAY 3, 2012
Mildred "Mit" Joyner, current president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), will give the "Greetings" at this year's Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony. Founded in 1952, CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S.
Ms. Joyner is a full professor and chair emerita of the undergraduate social work department at West Chester University (WCU). More about GSSW 2012 Commencement »
APRIL 30, 2012
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has named Elaine Pinderhughes as the 2012 recipient of the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award. Pinderhughes is professor emeritus at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and a member of the Advisory Board. She helped the GSSW establish the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series, which bears her name and is now in its sixth year. More about CSWE Award »
APRIL 30, 2012
Suzin Bartley, executive director of Children's Trust Fund (CTF), is the 2012 recipient of the Day-Garrett Award from Smith College School for Social Work. The award is presented annually to outstanding contributors to professional social work. Bartley is a member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Advisory Board and serves as an adjunct faculty member. More about Adjunct Faculty Award »
APRIL 18, 2012
Catherine Kirwan-Avila, a student at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, chronicles her ongoing discernment of the call to religious life in an essay for America magazine. Read the essay in America magazine »
APRIL 12, 2012
The Graduate School of Social Work has established a center to formalize and coordinate its initiatives in the emerging field of social innovation, which blends practices in social work and entrepreneurship.
The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) will build on GSSW programs that promote social innovation as a new model for enhancing social justice in an era of decreased public funding and resources, according to the CSI co-directors, GSSW Associate Professors Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Stephanie Berzin. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »
MARCH 14, 2012
The 2013 U.S. News and World Report listing of "America’s Best Graduate Schools" has ranked the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work at #10.
The current ranking, which coincides with the academic year marking our school's 75th Anniversary, "reflects the amazing accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and our strong relationships with local and global partners," said Dean Alberto Godenzi. more »
MARCH 5, 2012
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Stephanie Cosner Berzin, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Berzin chairs the Children, Youth and Families concentration and is co-director of the new Center for Social Innovation. Her areas of research include vulnerable youth, child welfare, school social work, emerging adulthood, and child and adolescent mental health. In 2009, Berzin was awarded the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for her article in the Social Service Review.
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
A conversation among three social entrepreneurs working to bring social innovation to the nonprofit, for-profit, and public sectors was organized by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in partnership with the undergraduate Capstone Program. more »
JANUARY 27, 2012
A new study by Jacquelyn James, Elyssa Besen, Christina Matz-Costa, and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes of GSSW's Sloan Center on Aging & Work has been highlighted nationally in Time.com, SmartMoney.com, and USA Today. The study looks at the well-being of older adults as tied to their active engagement in paid work, caregiving, education, and volunteering.
JANUARY 24, 2012
A collaboration between Boston College and Hunter College aims to help establish social work as a recognized profession in Afghanistan, by developing national qualification standards and university level curricula at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Eileen Ihrig, director of international programs at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, is the co-principal investigator for the project, which will create occupational standards and training systems that focus on child protection. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »
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JANUARY 23, 2012
Graduate School of Social Work doctoral student Charu Stokes undertook a study of 24 Boston-area African-American women — mostly single and ranging in age from 30s to 60s — coping with HIV/AIDS even as they provide care for their children or other family members. Stokes' findings suggest that women in such situations use available health care services, but eschew programs that provide assistance for child and family care. The project earned Stokes two dissertation awards. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »
JANUARY 20, 2012
Brian Toomey, MSW '80, was selected as the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in recognition of his 30+ years of leadership, achieving positive results on behalf of low-income, chronically ill, and disabled populations. Throughout much of his career, Brian has been at the helm, developing and managing community health care systems to meet unmet community needs. Read more and watch video »