December 5, 2013
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 13 students only. Please email Chris Watt at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, and change management/transformation and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and three pieces of advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.
Mike Durkin is the current President and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Durkin has more than 30 years of experience with the United Way. More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Mike Durkin »
NOVEMBER 14, 2013
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
This fun event gives BC Social Work alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided. Drop by for all or part of the evening.
This year over 70 Clinical and Macro alumni plan to attend. Last year over 25 alumni and 35 students attended.
Alumni: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1.
"En un futuro no muy lejano estará muy valorado el poder trabajar con clientes Latinos en su propia lengua" *
JANUARY 15, 2013
By mid-century, the majority of the U.S. population will be made up of minorities, predominantly Latinos. On average, people with Latino backgrounds are disproportionally affected by low educational attainment and fewer financial resources. As a consequence, their families and communities often struggle with poverty and access to jobs and basic services. Hence, social workers are increasingly called to promote social change with and on behalf of this growing and diverse population. Yet in 2009, the CSWE Task Force on Latino/as in Social Work Education said that "the field of social work is unprepared for the rapid growth in the Latino/a population."
In response to this call, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work established a Latino Leadership Initiative program (LLI). The new offering, within the MSW program, bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities here and abroad. Some foundation and method courses will be taught in Spanish.
"We at the GSSW will strengthen our efforts to attract students from Hispanic backgrounds while at the same time increasing cultural awareness and Spanish language skills of students with different backgrounds," explains Dean Alberto Godenzi. "The courses will familiarize students with the realities of Latino life in the U.S. and their respective home countries."
Assistant Professor Rocio Calvo, a native of Spain who worked in Latin America prior to joining BC, believes "in the not too distant future, it will be a real asset to be able to engage and collaborate with Latino clients in their native language." Adding a second language to the portfolio of graduating students deepens empathy and expands imagination, both core principles of a Jesuit education.
LLI courses carry the same credits as courses taught in English. Students interested in taking an LLI course are required to pass a Spanish proficiency exam.
*"In the not too distant future, it will be a real asset to be able to engage and collaborate with Latino clients in
their native language"