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Diversity Conference on 'Race + Justice'

John H. Jackson

The 2015 Diversity Conference was devoted specifically to an exploration of the intersections of diversity and social work practice, and to a better understanding of the people and communities we are privileged to serve.  Read more on the Blog »

Civil Rights Pioneer Ignites Spirit of Activism

Cheryl Colvin, Ruth McRoy, Elaine Pinderhughes, Claudette Colvin, and Jennifer Colvin

Claudette Colvin presented a talk on her life remembering the day 60 years ago when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus – nine months before Rosa Parks' famous protest.  Read more on the Blog »

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

Diversity + Justice Series Event
Bearing Witness: Reflection on the Emanuel AME Church Shooting
Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover
Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover

OCTOBER 30, 2015
3:00–5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Open to the entire BC Community

This event, featuring one of the pillars of the African American community in Boston, is designed to engage all students in a conversation around some of the recent events that have challenged our perceptions of race in America, especially the shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover, Sr is the Pastor of The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church which is interwoven with the rich  history of African Americans in Boston.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover
Rev. Groover received his Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. Rev. Groover completed his doctoral work (D.Min.) at the New York Theological Seminary. As pastor of the historic Charles Street African Methodists Episcopal Church, Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover has a unique perspective to offer to the discussion.  Groover is also deeply involved in the Greater Boston community and has served as the President of the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA).

Diversity + Justice Series Speaker
Michael Omi: Racial Formation and the Future of Racial Theory
Michael Omi, PhD
Prof. Michael Omi, PhD

November 9, 2015
5:00–6:30 pm
McGuinn Hall Auditorium (McGuinn 121)
Open to the entire BC Community

As part of the BCSSW Diversity Series events, BC Social Work will host a presentation with Dr. Michael Omi. Michael is a sociologist and associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society that brings together scholars, policy makers, and stakeholders to eliminate barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society.

Michael is known for his collaboration with Howard Winant on the ground-breaking and classic book, Racial Formation in the United States, first published in 1986.  Michael will be speaking about the third edition of his book which has been substantially revised and recently released this year. The book is transformative with a cogent discussion and elaboration on the social construction and politics of race.  A major part of the racial formation theory is that the complex meanings of race are constantly shaped and reshaped by political struggles at the micro and macro levels.  The book helped change the scholarship about race in a number of fields including sociology, education, health, and the behavioral sciences.  Michael’s will discuss what’s “new” in the new edition, consider contemporary events through the lens of racial formation theory, and reflect on future trends in racial theory.

Co-Sponsors:  Boston College School of Social Work, African and African Diaspora Studies Program, Asian and Asian American Studies, Asian Pacific Islander Employees, Lynch School of Education, Department of Sociology and the BCSSW Center for Social Innovations as part of the City Awake Boston.

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.
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 »