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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

News & Events

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

APRIL 15, 2015
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED; registration information to be announced

Speaker and event details to be announced.

The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series honors the distinguished career of Professor Emeritus Elaine Pinderhughes, whose vision, voice, and compassion enriched the Boston College School of Social Work. Professor Pinderhughes was honored by the Council on Social Work Education with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education for her impact as a scholar, role model, and mentor to countless faculty and practitioners.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series »

Diversity and Alumni Event
Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Race and Justice"

JANUARY 9, 2015
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
2 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race and Justice," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

This year's keynote speaker will be John H. Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education.  More about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »

Diversity + Field Education Day

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

A conversation about race and justice for students and faculty with agency leaders, followed by Field Education Orientation for all students scheduled to begin their First Year Internship in September.  More about Diversity + Field Education Day »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
Mary Catherine Bateson: "On the Work of Societal Healing"
Mary Catherine Bateson
Mary Catherine Bateson
(Photo by Joanna
Eldredge-Morrissey)

MARCH 28, 2014
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. Bateson's books include With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson and the best-selling Composing a Life. Her most recent book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, focuses on the contributions of engaged older adults and was written to raise consciousness of the changing life cycle and to encourage older adults to claim a voice for the future.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »

Diversity and Alumni Event
Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations"

JANUARY 10, 2014
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

In academic year 2013-2014, the BC Social Work community is focusing on Justice, Diversity, and Aging. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore the challenges that social workers face in meeting the needs of older immigrants and refugees and older LGBT men and women.

More details and watch the videos from this event »

BC Social Work Diversity Event—'Justice, Diversity, and Aging: A Conversation for Incoming Students and Faculty'
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich and Tiziana Dearing
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich and Tiziana Dearing

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
12:30–3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Part of the Boston College School of Social Work 2013 Orientation program for all incoming students, this event will explore 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 wonderful and complex diversity.

Speakers:

  • Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Associate Professor; Chair, Older Adults and Families Concentration; Teaching Chair
  • Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor; Co-Chair, Macro Practice

In addition, throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the BC Social Work community will consider the impact of intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice on the health and happiness of older adults and their families.

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Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture: Christine Griffin
Christine Griffin
Christine Griffin

APRIL 12, 2013
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet

RSVP by March 29, 2013, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

Christine Griffin, Law '73, Executive Director of The Disability Law Center, will be the featured speaker at the Boston College School of Social Work 7th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture. Griffin will speak on "Diversity and Inclusion: When Will People with Disabilities Be Included?"

Griffin recently returned to The Disability Law Center as the Executive Director. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

A former active duty veteran and Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year," Griffin also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In 2005, she was sworn in to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and later was appointed by President Obama as its Acting Vice Chairman. Griffin is responsible for the creation and implementation of multiple groundbreaking initiatives in the disability rights arena.

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BC Social Work Offers Latino Leadership Initiative Program

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.

In response to this call, Boston College 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. Selected courses are taught in Spanish and aim to familiarize students with the realities of Latino life in the U.S. and other countries.  More about Latino Leadership Initiative Program »

BC Social Work Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

JANUARY 11, 2013
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
McGuinn 121
Parking: Beacon Street Garage levels 3 or 4 (entrances are on levels 1 and 2). Visitor parking rates apply without a Boston College parking permit.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3 CEUs offered

The 2013 BC Social Work Alumni Award Event will be co-sponsored by the BCSSW 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. This event brings the entire BCSSW community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

The keynote address will be presented by Mark Perriello, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

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BC Social Work Diversity Event—'Living with Disabilities: Lessons for Social Workers'

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
12:30–5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

All new students at Boston College School of Social Work will participate with faculty, administration, and staff in an afternoon of presentations and discussions exploring the complexity of social work practice in a diverse world.

In addition to brief presentations by BCSSW faculty and staff, there will be presentations by Susan B. Parker, former Director of Policy and Research, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, and by the staff, students, and parents from the Cotting School in Lexington.

Lunch will be served.

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