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The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession.

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Alumni Events Archive

Diversity and Alumni Event
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
3.25 CEUs

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 »

 
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
BC Social Work Career Networking Event

6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521
2 CEUs
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

This fun annual event gives BC Social Work alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided. Drop by for all or part of the evening.

Last year over 40 alumni and 100 students attended.

Hosted by BC Social Work Alumni Association and Career Services

Alumni: Please RSVP by October 29.

APRIL 15, 2015
Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture with Salome Raheim

8:30–1a:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs, breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED to Christine McIntosh at chris.mcintosh@bc.edu.

Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW, is Dean and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and is the first African American and person of color to hold this position. She served as founding co-director of the university’s Health Disparities Institute from 2010 to 2014. She is co-founder of The Privilege Project, an international collaboration to address issues of social justice in micro and macro practice.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »

MARCH 27, 2015
BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs.  More about the BC Social Work Recruitment Fair »

Over 30 agencies are registered to participate: Recruitment Fair Participating Agencies (2015) (PDF)

This event is open to BC Social Work students and alumni only. IDs are required.

Employers: If you are interested in having your agency attend, please complete and return the Registration Form linked from the For Employers page. For more information, contact gsswcareerservices@bc.edu.

MARCH 5, 2015
Navigating the Eldercare Maze: Webinar with Andrea Cohen, MSW '84

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Online
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This presentation provides tips and tools that empower adult children to respond with confidence when elderly parents need their help. Topics of discussion will include home care and housing options, costs and coverage, getting the right help, family dynamics, long distance care-giving, and strategies for helping parents accept assistance.

This webinar will be led by Andrea Cohen, MSW '84, co-founder and CEO of HouseWorks, a company dedicated to transforming the way that care is delivered to seniors at home. Cohen is also an adjunct professor at BC Social Work.  More about Navigating the Eldercare Maze and registration information »

JANUARY 9, 2015
Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
McGuinn 121
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration information will be available soon.
3 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race + Justice," to explore the intersections of race 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.  More about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »

 

NOVEMBER 6, 2014
BC Social Work Career Networking Event

6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521
2 CEUs
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

This fun annual event gives BC Social Work alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided. Drop by for all or part of the evening.

Alumni: Please RSVP to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014GSSWnetworking by October 23.

See complete event details »

MARCH 28, 2014
Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture with Mary Catherine Bateson: "On the Work of Societal Healing"

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 »

MARCH 21, 2014
BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, 4th Floor, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs.  More about the BC Social Work Recruitment Fair »

FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice

1:15–1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-5:00 p.m. Program and Reception
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons. Maps and directions
Parking available. See parking rates and information
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3.4 CEUs

Boston College students, alumni, faculty, staff, field agencies, and advisors are invited to attend an afternoon conference, "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice," to examine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the challenges and opportunities for expanding the roles and influence of social workers. This event brings together leaders and social work practitioners to provide insight into the future landscape for social workers.

Keynote speaker Charles D. Baker, Jr., Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts and former Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Panel moderator Angelo McClain, PhD '01, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Social Workers and former Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.  More about the Health Care Reform Forum »

JANUARY 30, 2014
Health Reform: How Can I Change Health Care?

12:30–1:50 p.m.
McGuinn 521
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
1.5 CEUs

As health care reform continues to unfold across the U.S., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is exploring the context of the reform and its impact on the social work profession. Our school has invited key thought-leaders on health care to speak in a series of presentations, which will culminate in a "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice" forum on February 24, 2014. For the second discussion in this series, Nancy Lane, Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership and President of Mass Market, Value Options, Inc., will speak on what social workers can do to improve health care.  More about Health Reform »

JANUARY 10, 2014
Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

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 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 Graduate 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 GSSW 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 about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »

NOVEMBER 14, 2013
BC Social Work Career Networking Event

6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521
2 CEUs
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

This fun event gives BC Social Work alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided. Drop by for all or part of the evening.

Alumni: Please RSVP to gsswcareerservices@bc.edu by November 1.

See complete event details »

MARCH 15, 2013
GSSW Recruitment Fair

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives. Last year over 30 agencies participated.

This event is open to BC GSSW students and alumni only. IDs are required.

For more information, contact gsswcareerservices@bc.edu.

JANUARY 11, 2013
GSSW Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

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 GSSW Alumni Award Event will be co-sponsored by the GSSW 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 GSSW 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).

See complete event details »

NOVEMBER 15, 2012
GSSW Alumni Association Networking Event

6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521

This fun event gives GSSW alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short formal career panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided.

Over 25 GSSW alumni and 35 students attended last year's networking event.

Alumni: Contact gsswcareerservices@bc.edu to RSVP by November 4.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
3rd Annual "BY & FOR" GSSW Alumni Conference

8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
McGuinn 121
6.5 CEUs

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Alumni Association and the Continuing Education Office will host the 3rd Annual "BY & FOR" GSSW Alumni Conference. Join us for workshops presented by alumni in an informal conference setting. Receive 6.5 CEUs before the October 1 deadline for social work licensure renewal.  More about "BY & FOR" Alumni Conference »

MARCH 23, 2012
GSSW Recruitment Fair

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives. Last year over 30 agencies participated.

This event is open to BC GSSW students and alumni only. IDs are required.

For more information, contact gsswcareerservices@bc.edu.

JANUARY 13, 2012
GSSW Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

8:00 a.m.–Noon
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. Registration has closed.
3 CEUs offered

The 2012 GSSW Alumni Award Event will be co-sponsored by the GSSW Diversity Committee, whose theme this year is "Spirituality and Social Work."

Faculty, students, alumni, and staff are invited to attend this 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 GSSW 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. 

Conference Schedule
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee, and pastries (outside McGuinn 121 auditorium)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Workshops
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Workshop summaries and discussion
11:45 - 12:15 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Award presentation
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Book signing and sale

Keynote Address: "Spiritual Diversity in Social Work: The Heart of Helping"
The keynote address will be presented by Edward R. Canda, PhD, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.

Dr. Canda studied the anthropology of religions, art, and art history as an undergraduate. He later received an MA in religious studies focusing on East Asian religions and comparative religions. Out of a desire to integrate interests in religious studies and social service, he then obtained MSW and PhD degrees at The Ohio State University (1980-1986) with a focus of study and practice on cross-cultural and spiritual issues.

Throughout his distinguished career as practitioner and scholar, Dr. Canda has been a welcome voice calling the profession to recognize the significance of spirituality for the clients and communities we serve.

Workshops
Breakout sessions will be offered following the keynote to explore the integration of spirituality and social work in specific settings and populations. 3 CEUs offered.

Distinguished Alumni Award
The morning program will end with the presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award.

We hope you will all join us as we continue to come together to celebrate our school's
75th Anniversary year.

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DECEMBER 1, 2011
GSSW Annual Alumni Meeting & Reception

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Boston Room, Corcoran Commons

Join your fellow alumni at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Annual Alumni Meeting & Reception. Coffee, soda, and desserts will be served. All GSSW alumni are invited; no registration required. For more information, contact gsswalumni@bc.edu.

Immediately following the GSSW meeting and reception, we invite you to attend the Boston College Alumni Association event "Between Heaven and Mirth: Joy, Humor, and Laughter in the Spiritual Life with Jim Martin, S.J." from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. Note: Due to a change in venue, seating is still available for GSSW alumni who wish to attend even though the registration form says "sold out."

NOVEMBER 17, 2011
GSSW Alumni Association Networking Event

6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521

This fun event gives GSSW alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short formal career panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided.

Over 25 GSSW alumni and 35 students attended last year's networking event.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
GSSW 75th Anniversary

Join faculty, students, alumni, and staff for a day-long series of events in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

The schedule will include an opening presentation on the "Power of Social Innovation," an alumni reunion and luncheon, a liturgy with Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., a keynote with Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and a school reception.

Mark your calendar and plan to spend the day with us on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

75th Anniversary Website »

MAY 15, 2010
Volunteer opportunity for GSSW Alumni

The BC GSSW Alumni Association invites you to participate in "Cleansweep," an opportunity for volunteers to collect and sort items that students have left behind in their dorms. Collected items are then made available to Greater Boston social service agencies.

Over 128 agencies serving everyone from single mothers, to children, families, veterans, the elderly, and the homeless, are given the opportunity to pick up the goods collected by Cleansweep volunteers.

Please RSVP to gsswalum@bc.edu by May 10th if you are able to attend so that we can plan to have enough pizza for everyone! Hope to see you there!

Alumni should meet Saturday morning at the McGuinn Hall lobby at 11:30 for check-in and pizza. At 12 noon everyone will report to their dormitory assignments.

APRIL 10, 2010
Living the Journey: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

Featuring the President of AARP, and BC Alum, Jennie Chin Hansen '70, as well as experts from the fields of theology, ministry, and health, this major new, day-long conference will address how the challenges of growing older are being re-defined by faith and service. The focus of the conference will be to identify and examine the different spiritual challenges that men and women encounter as they move into the second half of life and the unique resources faith offers to make this a time of deep purpose. Look for information on registration coming in January.

Learn more about this event »

NOVEMBER 18, 2010
Alumni Association Networking Event

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Boston College, Campion 139

Over 25 GSSW alumni and 35 students attended this year’s Boston College Graduate School of Social Work networking and career exploration evening.

This fun event gave GSSW alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short formal career panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages were provided.

GSSW also collected 25 food items for a local food pantry.

Next year’s GSSW Alumni Association Networking Event date and details will be announced in October 2011. If you have any questions, please contact gsswcareerservices@bc.edu.

MARCH 25, 2010
GSSW Annual Alumni Event 2010
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Yawkey Center, Murray Room
6:00 Reception
6:30 Distinguished Alum Award
7:00 Lecture
8:00 Networking

The Annual GSSW Alumni Event will be held Thursday, March 25th at the Yawkey Center. This year's event will be a little different than in year's past. Instead of an Alumni dinner we will be presenting a lecture by visiting scholar Maryanne Loughry Ph.D., Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia on the topic of: "Refugees — Who is on the move?" An expose of the people moving in our global world—their stories and the problems they encounter.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception and presentation of our Distinguished Alum Award.

Register for this event »

JANUARY 28, 2010
The GSSW Alumni Association is proud to announce this year's winner of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

Andrea Cohen MSW '84
Houseworks Co-founder and CEO

Each year, the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work presents an award to an outstanding alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the practice of social work. In the past, winners have been honored for their role in social work education, contribution to social change, ability to enhance the profession in the larger community, and their support of Boston College's students and alumni.

Details of the award presentation event will be announced soon.

Go to Alumni Events »