On November 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium, the prominent sociologistMichael Omi will speak at BCSSW on the third edition of his groundbreaking and classic book Racial Formation in the United States. First published in 1986, but substantially revised and re-released this year, the book provides a transformative venue for discussing the social construction and politics of race. During this event, Omi 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. All within the Boston College community are encouraged to attend.
Most of the current literature on social innovation is focused on an entrepreneurial path to effecting change – in short, building new organizations to solve social problems. But schools of social work focus much of their work on assisting existing organizations. For this reason, many in the field have either dismissed, or ignored, opportunities to participate in projects related to social innovation.
As the former president of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston, Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing has a profound knowledge of the inner workings and missions of the Church. This role, in addition to other executive positions such as founder and CEO of the anti-poverty start-up Boston Rising, has also helped to shape her exceptional understanding of poverty in America.
It’s no surprise, then, that Dearing was a much sought after voice in the media during Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States. Over the course of about a week’s time, Dearing appeared on national television news and radio, the nation’s major newspapers, and across various online outlets. Dearing offered her unique perspective as a female Catholic leader speaking expertly on the Pope’s messages and work, particularly with regards to poverty, inequality, and Catholic Social Teaching. Here’s a recap of a few of those many appearances.
Innovation flourishes in spaces where the mind is encouraged to run and jump and play, where collaborators become catalysts, and where serious research breaks new ground. At BC Social Work all that is happening, and more—in three stimulating environments.
Throughout the course of this magazine, you’ve heard from innovators who inhabit new arenas in social work, finding novel ways, as Dean Godenzi wrote, “to effect change at tables and in spaces across the globe.” At BC Social Work, our points of entry may differ—we are social workers, neuroscientists, public health scholars, social entrepreneurs, sociologists, managers, clinicians and executives, practitioners and researchers—but our motivation is the same: to build a more just world.
This student-authored blog chronicles a BCSSW course, where, in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catόlica de Chile (PUC), students assessed mother-child attachment in Chile’s largest women’s prison.
Stephanie Berzin led a unique course in conjunction with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica designed to get students engaged in a collaborative innovation project focused on a women’s prison in the capital city of Santiago. Follow the experience of four BCSSW MSW students on their blog The Chilean Context: Exploring and Analyzing Visitation and Mother-Child Attachment in a Santiago Female Prison.
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.
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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!
Follow us @BC_Innovation.
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»
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»
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 »
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 »
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»
Student Presenters: Elyse Casey, Katherine Germak, Julia MacMahon, and Alissa Marchant
HOW CAN SUSTAINABLE CHANGE be implemented in an environment such as a prison entrenched with rigid procedures and hierarchical barriers? Four BCSSW students aimed to combat that challenge this summer as they worked at the largest women’s prison in Chile, with the goal of improving mother-child attachment.
Michael Omi 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.
11:50 am–1:00 pm
Doug Rauch is the President and Founder of Daily Table, which aims to make delicious, wholesome and affordable food available to all communities. Through their non-profit retail store, Daily Table sells quality prepared meals at affordable prices along with produce and other grocery items to the Dorchester community. 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.
11:50 am–1:00 pm
Rebecca Jackson-Garcia is the Associate Director of Training at Trinity Boston Counseling Center. The Trinity Boston Counseling Center provides mental health services to individuals and families with an emphasis on issues of high-risk youth, poverty, violence, and social or economic injustice. 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.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
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.
MAY 1, 2015
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»
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com to reserve a seat.
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
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»
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.
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 email@example.com to reserve a seat.
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»
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
January 22, 2014
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.