CSI has continued its partnership with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica (PUC) in Chile. In 2015, the partnership brought eleven students to Chile for a Social Innovation Lab. The collaboration focused on student participation in the innovation process and leveraged the cross-cultural expertise of the two universities. To strengthen this cross-cultural partnership, the BCSSW and CSI hosted representatives from PUC. The representatives were Carolina Muñoz-Guzman, Director School of Social Work, Paula Miranda social work faculty member, and Constanza Ramirez Morales, social work student.
Through the exchange, our guests experienced innovation firsthand both at the Boston College School of Social Work and throughout the Boston Community. The experience included meetings with various faculty and staff to share innovations and best practices within the BCSSW. Focus areas included our Immigration Lab, Latino Leadership Program, and Global Field Education Program.
When asked about this experience, Constanza Ramirez Morales said she, “Appreciated the opportunity to observe an MSW class and attend the Social Innovation Day,” she also added that, “the topics approached by the teams are similar to the issues we face in Chile.” Ramirez Morales commented that the cross-cultural exchange is one that would be enriching and attractive to students from both BC and PUC.
The Center for Social Innovation has thoroughly enjoyed hosting the representatives of PUC, and hopes to continue this cross-cultural collaboration for faculty, staff, and students in the future.
Learn more about the Pontifica Universidad Catolica School of Social Work