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Global Health Program Unites Disciplines

DECEMBER 16, 2014

In an increasingly global society, where health problems – and their potential solutions – often have implications far beyond the communities in which they occur, public health is fast becoming a field of great interest among colleges and universities. Boston College is a leader in training this new generation of internationally-minded problem solvers through its program in Global Public Health, offering undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework via a collaboration between the Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This semester, 67 students have been enjoying the unique opportunity to take a course team-taught by Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins and Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Sutherland. Public Health in a Global Society, the first installment in a three-course sequence, presents the topic as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention.  More about the Global Health Program »

BCSSW in the News
Under New Leader, BC Social Work Center Redefines Mission

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Boston College's innovative National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is undergoing a major transition this fall, with new leadership and an expansion of its mission to help give individuals and families greater control over the design and delivery of home and community-based services.

Richard Petty, an experienced administrator in advocacy and programs promoting independent community living for persons with disabilities, began his duties as director of the center – housed at the BC School of Social Work – after being appointed this past summer.

He succeeds Professor of Social Work Kevin Mahoney, the founding director and architect of NRCPDS, who will remain as a researcher and oversee the new center initiative focusing on behavioral health, funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  More about center's new leader »

Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Research Roundup

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Several faculty and students at Boston College School of Social Work have been recognized for their work on critical research studies and creative projects serving the community. While the commendations represent a diversity of subject matter and methods of inquiry, all of the projects share the same principal mission: to support work to create social change.

The scholarships, awards, and commendations are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and other organizations.  More about research roundup »

Events

For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit the GSSW Facebook page »
Diversity + Alumni Event
Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Race and Justice"

JANUARY 9, 2015
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
2 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race and 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 John H. Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education.  More about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »

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 »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Talia Rivera, Network Manager at Council on Foundations

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.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2014-2015 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Talia Rivera's experience working with youth began in 1998. She is among the leading thinkers on youth violence, gang interventions, network organizing, and street work in the City of Boston.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Talia Rivera »

BC Social Work Career Networking Event

NOVEMBER 6, 2014
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. See other Career Services Events scheduled throughout the year.

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

More about Career Networking Event »

Is There a Future for Catholic Health and Social Services?

NOVEMBER 5, 2014
7:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121
RSVP here »

A conversation with the Boston College community about the future of Catholic health and social services, moderated by Dean Alberto Godenzi of Boston College School of Social Work.

Panelists will discuss the key challenges ahead for the future of the ministries of Catholic Health and Social Services and the tensions between best practices in service delivery and adherence to Church teaching.  More about Is There a Future for Catholic Health and Social Services? »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Elizabeth Nahar, Director of Sustainability for ChildObesity180

OCTOBER 3, 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.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2014-2015 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Elizabeth Nahar currently serves as Director of Sustainability for ChildObesity180, a childhood obesity prevention organization at Tufts University.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Elizabeth Nahar »

PhD Information Session Webinar

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
5:00–6:00 p.m.

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our PhD programs and ask questions. This session will be facilitated by the Program Director, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and by current Boston College PhD students.  More about the PhD Information Session Webinar »

BC Social Work Convocation

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Gasson 100

Convocation is a school-wide gathering to mark the start of the academic year and to welcome new members of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work community.

Dean Alberto Godenzi, Associate Dean Sveta Emery, and Associate Dean Tom Walsh will recap the school's recent accomplishments and give an overview of upcoming initiatives.

Refreshments will be available.

Diversity + Field Education Day

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

A conversation about race and justice for students and faculty with agency leaders, followed by Field Education Orientation for all students scheduled to begin their First Year Internship in September.  More about Diversity + Field Education Day »

Students at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Barbecue, hosted by the GSSW Student Collective.
BC Social Work Student Collective Barbecue

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
5:00–7:00 p.m.
McGuinn Lawn
Rain location: McGuinn 521

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Student Collective will host a barbecue to celebrate the start of the new academic year. The entire BC Social Work community is invited to this annual informal get-together.  More about BC Social Work Student Collective Barbecue »

Two-Year MSW Program Orientation

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule for details.

Three-Year MSW Student Orientation

AUGUST 27, 2014
4:30–7:30 p.m.
Gasson 100, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule for details.

Orientation for Field Supervisors

AUGUST 19, 2014
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121

Presentation and breakout sessions.  More about Orientation for Field Supervisors »

Commencement 2014

MAY 19, 2014
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m.— Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 138th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. The University Commencement, which is attended by all graduates, is held in Alumni Stadium (rain or shine) and will begin with the Academic Procession at 9:15 a.m. and end after approximately two hours. The Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held following the University Commencement at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Burns Lawn.  More about Commencement »

Newly Admitted Students Reception & Resource Fair

MAY 12, 2014
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP by May 9, 2014, to 617-552-4024 or swadmit@bc.edu

Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston College Graduate School of Social Work! Meet other admitted students, current students, faculty, and staff at this reception. Appetizers and light refreshments will be available.  More about the Newly Admitted Students Reception »

Social Innovation Day 2014

APRIL 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton Campus

Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.

The keynote speaker will be Michael Moloney, President and CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates.  More about Social Innovation Day »

Photo from the 2011 Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast
Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors

APRIL 1, 2014
9:30 a.m.–Noon
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
2 CEUs
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by March 24, 2014

Field supervisors and their interns are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the longest serving Director of Field Education at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, the event is an opportunity to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to our students' training and education.  More about the Mary Mason Breakfast »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
Mary Catherine Bateson: "On the Work of Societal Healing"

MARCH 28, 2014
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by March 25, 2014

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 »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Andrea Perry, Executive Director of YouthConnect

MARCH 28, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Andrea Perry is Executive Director of YouthConnect at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Andrea Perry »

BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

MARCH 21, 2014
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 to students 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 »

Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice

FEBRUARY 24, 2014
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 »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
John Larivee, Chief Executive Officer of Community Resources for Justice

FEBRUARY 14, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

John Larivee is Chief Executive Officer at Community Resources for Justice in Boston, MA.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with John Larivee »

Social Work Licensure Workshop

FEBRUARY 6, 2014
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McElroy Conference Room, Room 237, McElroy Commons

A member from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work will explain the social work licensure process in Massachusetts. While they will not be able to answer specific questions about requirements in other states, the process is similar enough in other states (except California) to make it worthwhile to attend for students looking to practice outside of Massachusetts.  More about the Social Work Licensure Workshop »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Stephen Seiner, Director of Neurotherapeutics at McLean Hospital

JANUARY 31, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Stephen J. Seiner is the Director of Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Stephen Seiner »

Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich and Tiziana Dearing
Health Reform: How Can I Change Health Care?

JANUARY 30, 2014
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 Discussion with Nancy Lane »

Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations"

JANUARY 10, 2014
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, "Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations," 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 »