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BC Social Work Diversity Event

The event, "Justice, Diversity, and Aging: A Conversation for Incoming Students and Faculty," explored the social work profession's commitment to social justice and our school's promise to prepare students for empathetic and effective social work practice in a world filled with diversity.

Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich
Associate Professor; Chair, Older Adults and Families Concentration; Teaching Chair
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Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich

Tiziana Dearing
Associate Professor; Co-Chair, Macro Practice
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Tiziana Dearing

Latino Leadership Initiative

Associate Professor Rocio Calvo, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Associate Professor Rocio Calvo explains how the Latino Leadership Initiative bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities.  Watch video »


The Diversity Committee of Boston College 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.

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.

Since 2006, BC Social Work has engaged in a continuous process of planning, implementing, and evaluating initiatives aimed at building a community that welcomes and supports persons with diverse identities. Associate Professor Paul Kline served as founding chair from 2007 through 2013.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in our diversity initiative events:

  • Speaker series
  • Trainings
  • Retreats
  • Discussion groups


Diversity Initiative Focus Areas

2014-2015 Race and Justice
2013-2014 Justice, Diversity, and Aging
2012-2013 Disabilities
2011-2012 Spirituality
2010-2011 Poverty
2009-2010 Refugees and Immigration
2008-2009 Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
2007-2008 Race and Ethnicity