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Today's universities are in need of innovative research centers that anticipate demographic and socio-economic trends, develop policies based on sound evidence, leverage interdisciplinary collaborations, and are capable of building bridges between academia and broader society.
Boston College School of Social Work has been named a Top Ten Best Graduate School by U.S. News and World Report.
Our faculty are frequently asked to contribute their expertise and thought leadership across multiple media platforms. View Faculty in the News to see where faculty have provided expert commentary or been recognized for their contributions in their field.
The Immigrant Integration Lab, led by BCSSW faculty member Westy Egmont, is an applied research lab exploring the intersection of social work, social policy, and immigrant inclusion. The Center for Social Innovation, led by BCSSW faculty Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing, fosters effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice.
Two BC Social Work centers, the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, led by BCSSW faculty Richard Petty, and the Center on Aging and Work, led by Jackie James and Tay McNamara, are part of the Boston College Institute on Aging, directed by BCSSW faculty James Lubben. The Centers and Institute have received multi-million dollars grants over the past years from private foundations and federal offices. The resources have been used to foster cutting-edge research and scholarship, sponsor MSW and PhD students, and disseminate evidence that informs public policy.
Boston College was one of the first two universities to be designated as a Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. The Hartford Center of Excellence, led by BCSSW faculty James Lubben, is committed to training future generations of social work practitioners and faculty, building bridges between academia and practitioners within the field, and providing leadership to utilize new research in shaping policy and practice.
To facilitate learning and research, BC Social Work is fortunate to be one of only 10 schools of social work in the U.S. and the only one in New England to maintain its own Social Work Library.
As a community we embrace diversity as a challenge and opportunity. Being aware of diversity means understanding the roots and consequences of the various forms of oppression, discrimination, and exclusion.
To better prepare students to work with a diverse population, Boston College School of Social Work established a Latino Leadership Initiative within the MSW program. The initiative bolsters students' cultural and linguistic competencies to work with Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad. Selected courses are taught in Spanish and aim to familiarize students with the realities of Latino life in the U.S. and other countries.
The Diversity and Justice Committee of the School of Social Work is dedicated to fostering a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Diversity awareness is a core value that prepares our students for effective and culturally-sensitive practices when working with diverse populations. Human needs, rights, issues, and solutions are intertwined with culture. We respect diversity knowing we have much to learn from each other.
Our diversity and justice initiatives include speaker series, trainings, retreats, and discussion groups with faculty, staff, and students. Over the past years, our focus has been on race, sexual orientation, immigrants and refugees, poverty, spirituality, and aging. This year's focus will be on race and justice.
The School of Social Work has always been committed to the international dimensions of social problems and social justice. In recent years the School has enhanced its global focus, first by establishing the Global Practice concentration, and second by infusing global content throughout the entire curriculum. Faculty and students are engaged in international research and service collaborations, and reciprocal partnerships with organizations and communities in global settings have been formed.