“Truly bearing witness to the atrocity means for each of us rekindle and renew that burning call within us to become relentless and passionate activists for racial, social, and economic justice.” Groover said at the 2015 Diversity + Justice event. Read more on the Blog »
In this Q&A, she places into context many of her life experiences and how they have brought her to Boston College; she talks about her project to develop a model for racial trauma healing for African Americans; and she explains why social work is so critically important to eradicating racism. More about Melissa and her work in this Q&A Blog»
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 »
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.
Associate Professor; Chair, Older Adults and Families Concentration; Teaching Chair
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Associate Professor; Co-Chair, Macro Practice
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JANUARY 8, 2016
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race + 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 William Gross, Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department. More about the Diversity & Alumni Awards Conference »
OCTOBER 30, 2015
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).
November 9, 2015
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.
APRIL 15, 2015
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 »
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 »