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The Social Innovation Collaborative in Santiago, Chile

JULY 2015

In partnership with 3 human service agencies in Santiago and Pontifica Universidad Católica of Chile, the CSI facilitated a two-week Social Innovation Collaborative. Throughout the collaborative, student teams from both universities partnered with the agencies to address specific issues previously identified by the agencies.

Chile Innovation Collaborative: Expanding Opportunities for Students

MAY 6, 2015

Last fall, the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College began a partnership with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile to engage in a collaborative innovation project involving faculty, students, and Chilean NGOs. This July, the collaboration will enter its final stage as a group of 12 BC students travel to Santiago, Chile. Continue Reading»

Center Hosts First Annual Social Innovation Symposium

MAY 1, 2015

The Center for Social Innovation held its first annual Social Innovation Symposium, focusing on innovative strategies to address economic injustice. Through a combination of panel discussions, workshops, and bump & spark activities, the symposium highlighted the influence of the built environment, access to assets, and social capital on fostering economic justice. Continue Reading»

A Day to Innovate: 4th Annual Social Innovation Day

APRIL 10, 2015

During our Fourth Annual Social Innovation Day, students from the School of Social Work once again assumed the challenge of engineering new solutions to complex issues. To prepare, students came equipped with a substantial amount of research and understanding of social issues, which included human trafficking, food justice, and sexual assault. What resulted from the day is nothing short of solutions with potential for high impact and innovation. Continue Reading»

Also read about SI Day in The Chronicle»

BCSSW Students Innovate their Way into Finals of Clinton Global Initiative Competition

MARCH 26, 2015

This Spring, a trio of current BCSSW MSW students showed that they’re already innovating in unique ways, and flexing enough collective muscle to be recognized by two of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to social innovation: the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Hult Prize Foundation. Dana Loatman, Greg Cassoli and Stephanie Brueck, along with colleagues from the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management, were named regional finalists in the annual Hult Prize Foundation $1 Million Social Enterprise Competition. This was a prestigious commendation; out of 20,000 entrants worldwide, only 300 made the regionals. Continue Reading on the Innovate Blog»

Researching Magic: Exploring the Impact of Birthday Celebrations for Children in Homelessness

FEBRUARY 3, 2015

The new year has brought about a new work collaborative between the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) and Birthday Wishes, an organization dedicated to providing homeless children with the magic of a birthday party. The Center is excited about partnering with Birthday Wishes in this yearlong exploratory evaluation and to work towards demonstrating their impact and support their overall work. Continue Reading»

Exploratory Technology Grant Awarded: Expanding New Horizons for Social Work Practice

JANUARY 13, 2015

The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Boston College School of Social Work is excited to announce we have received funds to support the use of technology on our upcoming student trip to Santiago, Chile. This summer CSI Co-Director, Dr. Stephanie Berzin and Assistant Director, Humberto Camarena will lead a group of social work students to Chile to participate in a cross-cultural course experience. The Exploratory Technology Grant (ETG) has provided the funding to purchase cutting edge technological tools for participating students to utilize in their field work while in Chile. Continue Reading»

CSI Now on Twitter!

JANUARY 1, 2015

As the BC Center for Social Innovation continues to participate in exciting work around innovation to address social problems, we wanted to find a way to continuously share this information with all those interested and invested in this world. This has encouraged us to start our own Twitter! 

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Follow us @BC_Innovation.

 

Camarena Presents on Innovation in Education in Nicaragua

OCTOBER 15-19, 2014

Joining leaders from over 20 countries, Assistant Director of the Center for Social Innovation, Humberto Camarena, led the discussion on innovation in higher education to explore strategies for engaging students and educators through innovation. Continue Reading»

New Innovation Collaborative with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile

AUGUST 1, 2014

A new collaboration is recently underway between the BC Center for Social Innovation and Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile. The two universities are partnering to advance the field of Social Innovation by engaging in a one-year collaborative project involving faculty, students, and local NGOs in Santiago, Chile. This unique opportunity for international academic and student exchange will serve as a stepping stone for further collaborations in the future between the two schools of social work. Continue reading»

Center Leads Conversation on Social Innovation at Management Conference

JUNE 30, 2014

This June, leaders in the field of social work across academia, research, and practice convened at the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference to discuss "Management in the Age of Innovation" at Simmons College in Boston. Throughout the course of two days, deans and directors of schools of social work engaged with executive directors and CEOs of leading organizations, while workers on the front lines shared their perspectives on how social workers can make a difference through innovation toward building organizations for change. Faculty and students studying tomorrow's best practices in management discussed the emerging skill sets needed for tomorrow's leaders. Attendees represented organizations from across the United States.  Continue reading »

Stephanie Berzin Wins Award for 'Outstanding Use of Technology in Teaching'

MAY 27, 2014

This spring, Stephanie Berzin Co-Director of the BC Center for Social Innovation was awarded a Teaching with New Media (TWIN) award by Boston College Instructional Design and eTeaching Services. The award, which recognizes faculty members for outstanding uses of technology in teaching, is just one proof point as to how BC Social Work is innovating to build leaders for the future.

"Every day teaching at the school of social work, I'm truly inspired by the possibility that my students are going to change the world," says Berzin. "By integrating the latest in technology into our classrooms, we are best preparing them for success once they leave campus and enter the workforce."  More about Stephanie Berzin's award »

First International Social Innovation Lab Concludes

APRIL 28, 2014

The CSI has concluded its first international Social Innovation Lab in Medellín, Colombia. Partnering with Ruta N Medellín, one of the leading science and technology innovation companies in Colombia, the CSI worked with teams comprised of NGOs, local government, corporations and universities to launch four innovative initiatives in Medellín, addressing issues of transportation, entrepreneurship, overcoming the urban conflict, and housing. Continue Reading»

Events

CSI Hosts Social Enterprise Delegation from Thailand

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

2:00pm

 

The CSI will be hosting an exchange with a group of social entrepreneurs and business leaders from Thailand working to promote social enterprise and corporate social responsibility in their country. The annual exchange is part of a collaboration with WorldBoston, a local World Affairs Council working with the U.S. Department of State to coordinate public diplomacy and professional exchange programs for visiting leaders from around the world.

Social Innovation Symposium: Innovative Solutions for Economic Justice

MAY 1, 2015

8am-12pm

Murray Room, Yawkey Center

 

The CSI is hosting its inaugural Boston College School of Social Work Innovation Symposium. The symposium will bring together three leading Boston-area innovators who are advancing practice in their fields to discuss their approaches in a dynamic, interactive workshop format. The focus of this year's symposium is to develop innovative solutions for economic justice - a key issue of our time. More info»

 

Click here to register

Co-director Tiziana Dearing speaks on WBZ “NightSide with Dan Rea”

APRIL 15, 2015

 

Listen to the CBS Boston radio program as Co-Director Tiziana Dearing speaks about the recent police shooting of Walter Scott. Listen to the full interview and caller Q&A HERE

4th Annual Social Innovation Day

APRIL 7, 2015

2:30-5:00PM, Barat House (Newton Campus)

 

Social Innovation Day 2015 will give Social Innovation and Leadership students an opportunity to engage in social innovation firsthand.Through interactive experiences and activities, students will develop their own innovative solutions to social issues. Join us as they present their prototypes to judges and audience.

Center Co-Director, Tiziana Dearing, Presents: Power in Philanthropy--Lessons of Failure and Success

Monday, March 30, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

130 Royall Street, Canton, MA

 

Center Co-Director, Tiziana Dearing will be presenting on the lessons she learned as the former CEO of Boston Rising. Her presentation will emphasize lessons in risk and philanthropy, explore concepts around power dynamics in giving, examine the role of "choice and control" in social change, and outline a vision for effective philanthropy rooted in trust and reciprocity. R.S.V.P to Talia Rivera at talia.rivera@cof.org

Co-Director Dearing Discusses Income Inequality on Radio Boston

MARCH 23, 2015

 

In the wake of the US Conference of Mayors, listen to Center Co-Director, Tiziana Dearing, discuss ways in which the mayors of Boston, New York and Seattle can take action on addressing income inequality and grow the middle class. LISTEN HERE

WGBH Panel discussion on Participatory Budgeting

MARCH 19, 2015

 

Center Co-Director, Tiziana Dearing, joins Cambridge City Councilor, Nadeem Mazen and Founder of Conservative Women for a Better Future, Jennifer Nassour to discuss the benefits and challenges of participatory budgeting in Cambridge, MA. Watch the discussion here

Dr. Berzin as Keynote Speaker at the Root Cause Social Innovation Forum Speaker Series

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

8:30am – 10:00am

 

Center Co-Director, Dr. Stephanie Berzin will be the keynote speaker at the Root Cause Social Innovation Forum Speaker Series, which will be taking place at The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation. The title of Dr. Berzin's presentation is Lifting Up Youth Living in Poverty. Learn more about Root Cause

 

BC at Ashoka U Exchange

FEBRUARY 26-28, 2015

 

Dr. Stephanie Berzin will represent BC at the annual Ashoka U Exchange at the University of Maryland, joining the other 29 Ashoka U Changemaker universities. Dr. Berzin will be joining academic and nonprofit leaders in a discussion on university partnerships. For more information, visit The Exchange website.

Lunch with Leader: Chrismaldi Vasques

JANUARY 23, 2015
11:50 am–1:00 pm

 

Chrismaldi Vasques is Associate Director of Family Independence Initiative, Boston, which leverages the power of information to support economic and social mobility. FII is proving that documenting and investing in the initiative and ingenuity of low-income families and communities is the most effective way forward. The event seating is limited to 10 seats, and sign-up will be on a first come, first-served basis until the 10 seats are filled. Please email witheria@bc.edu to reserve a seat.

 

Berzin Presents on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Society for Social Work and Research Conference

JANUARY 14-18, 2015

 

The annual SSWR conference will focus on 'The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity,' and will feature over 500 symposia, workshop, roundtable, paper and poster presentations. Held in New Orleans, the conference will feature the latest in quantitative and qualitative research on issues including social innovation and entrepreneurship, child welfare, aging, mental health, welfare reform, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

 

For more information visit the SSWR Conference Webpage

CSI Partners with City Awake Boston

DECEMBER 4- 13, 2014

 

A 10 day social impact festival is coming to Boston! City Awake will bring together more than 170 partner organizations to connect and celebrate Boston's dynamic social impact community. Featuring over 50 planned events including panels, presentations, and hands-on workshops, City Awake aims to showcase and strengthen the diverse and impactful work being done by Boston's impact sector. Learn more at http://cityawake.is»

Macro Social Work Student Group Meeting

Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm in McGuinn 437

 

The MSWSG meets on a monthly basis to provide students with an opportunity to engage in practical macro social work skills and build networks to foster further professional development and success. November’s meeting will focus on the following topics: Defining macro social work, Negotiation 101, and the upcoming Innovation Symposium

For more information, visit the MSWSG website.

Provider's Council Panel on Social Innovation

NOVEMBER 17, 2014   

 

The BC Center for Social Innovation will be presenting findings from the Leading the Way report as well as moderating a panel discussion on social innovation at the Providers’ Council 39th Annual Convention and Expo on Monday, November 17 in Boston, MA. Each year there is an offering of 32 workshops designed for a wide range of staff in human service organizations, from direct care staff to executives - the Convention attracts about 1000 attendees from the Massachusetts human services sector.

For more information and registration, click here.

Social Work Is BC: A School Celebration

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

6:00–8:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
RSVP here »
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

On November 11, the university will officially recognize our name change to the Boston College School of Social Work, the original name of our school in 1936. We will mark this important event in our history by celebrating our presence at the very heart of Boston College's mission of social justice and service to others.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families are all invited to participate in the "Social Work is BC" event.  More about Social Work Is BC »

Berzin to Speak at MIT Conference on Climate Change

NOVEMBER 6-7, 2014

Stephanie Berzin will be giving a talk at the Crowds and Climate Conference, at MIT, which will focus on how new bottom-up, technology-enabled approaches—such as crowdsourcing, social media, and big data—can help in developing creative new ideas and taking action on climate change. For more information and registration click here.

Lunch with Leader Talia Rivera

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Ian Witherby at witheria@bc.edu to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.

Lunch with Leader Elizabeth Nahar

OCTOBER 3, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons

Elizabeth Nahar currently serves as Director of Sustainability for ChildObesity180, a childhood obesity prevention organization at Tufts University.

The event seating is limited to 10 seats, and sign-up will be on a first come, first-served basis until the 10 seats are filled. Please email  christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve a seat.

Social Innovation Day

April 8, 2014

Join us for this year’s Social Innovation Day! Teams of Social Innovation and Leadership students at the Graduate School of Social Work will gather for a day long series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. Presentations are from 9:30-10:45am at the Idea Fair and from 3-5pm during the group presentations. The event will be held at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton Campus. Read More»

Lunch with Leader Andrea Perry

Friday, March 28th

12:00-1:00pm McElroy Commons

Our next Leadership Luch will feature Andrea Perry, LICSW, Executive Director of YouthConnect. The lunch will be held in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Christopher Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu.

Lunch with Leader John Larivee

Friday, February 14th

11:50am-1:00pm McElroy Commons

The upcoming Leadership Lunch will be with John Larivee, CEO of Community Resources for Justice. The lunch will be located in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu.

From Financial Services to Social Services

January 22, 2014

11:00am-12noon

Campion 139

We invite GSSW students, staff and faculty to join us for a presentation and conversation with Michael Gilligan,'77, Chairman of the Board of LIFT Boston. LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. They are working towards establishing a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty.