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Boston College School of Social Work
Issues + Evidence

Ruth McRoy, Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor of Social Work

An Inclusive Perspective

Ruth McRoy, Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor of Social Work, is recognized for her groundbreaking and innovative research in the areas of child welfare, adoption, and diversity. More about An Inclusive Perspective »

Professor Margaret Lombe

From Research to Outreach

For renowned scholar and School of Social Work Professor Margaret Lombe, social work research is only as good as the lives it saves.  More about From Research to Outreach »

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Gasson Hall at night

Mission & Vision

Our mission is both professional and academic. By grounding our teaching and learning with hands-on experience and rigorous scholarship, we prepare students for an effective and meaningful practice of social work and we foster the attainment of social justice.

By providing a professional framework that promotes individual dignity, respects diversity, and seeks distributive justice in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, we instill in social workers the knowledge, values, and skills:

  • To initiate and sustain change
  • To provide visionary leadership

Academically, we cultivate an atmosphere of intellectual discipline and innovative faculty and student scholarship and research that:

  • Contributes to the knowledge base of the profession
  • Improves society's understanding of the systems in which individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities thrive

Our curriculum is sharply focused to meet the needs of a changing society. We remain an international leader in shaping the education of professional social workers.

BC Social Work Mission and Goals (PDF)