We would like to thank our alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and the university community who attended and supported the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work 75th Anniversary Celebration on September 14, 2011. By all accounts it was a great success!
Social workers are an indispensable source of aid and comfort, as they showed in the wake of one of America's greatest catastrophes — the 9/11 terrorist attacks — said Victoria Reggie Kennedy in her keynote address for the Graduate School of Social Work's 75th Anniversary Celebration on September 14. Kennedy, the widow of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, told a near-capacity Robsham Theater audience how her late husband, after hearing a 9/11 widow describe her plight in trying to get assistance, declared, "We need social workers — now!"
Kennedy's talk, which included a Q&A with audience members, was the climax to a day that saw the GSSW commemorate 75 years of illustrious social work teaching, research, and service, while also presenting a vision for the future, of both the school and the profession. Participants and guests at the celebration attested to the emergence of the GSSW as a widely acclaimed international hub of scholarship on critical social issues in areas such as poverty, aging, families and children, and mental health.
Other events during the 75th anniversary celebration included a presentation and panel discussion on social innovation in social work — the focus of the recently launched Graduate School of Social Work Social Innovation Program — and a student luncheon discussion on the School's diversity initiative on spirituality. The alumni luncheon featured recognition awards presented to former dean, June Gary Hopps, and Richard Mackey, Inaugural Chair of the Doctoral Program. A liturgy was celebrated by University President William P. Leahy, S.J., with Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., as homilist.
Dean Alberto Godenzi opened the afternoon session with a special video created not only to mark the anniversary event, but to highlight how the GSSW reflects the university Jesuit mission — to transform lives and promote justice at all levels.
"GSSW Marks 75 Years of Teaching Social Workers to 'Do Good for the World'" Boston College Chronicle
"Victoria Kennedy calls social workers vital in address at BC" Boston Globe — Boston.com
"GSSW Celebrating 75 Years on Sept. 14" Boston College Chronicle