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Q & A: Field Education Director Walks in the Shoes of a Client

AUGUST 12, 2014

LIFTopolis is a unique event sponsored by LIFT, a non-profit organization devoted to establishing "a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country's fight against poverty."

During the course of two days, LIFTopolis attendees (including social workers, social work educators, and students) engage in an interactive simulation where they're asked to "navigate the complex process of obtaining stable housing, employment, and other basic needs when living in poverty." In short, participants spend time walking in the shoes of the men, women, and children they provide, or will provide, services to.

This year, BC Social Work Director of Field Education Sue Coleman took part in LIFTopolis for the first time, an event which she says was an "eye-opening experience that could serve as a great resource for many in the field of social work."  More about LIFTopolis »

GSSW in the News
Jessica Black Awarded University Ignite Grant to Support Neuroscience Research

AUGUST 11, 2014

Assistant Professor Jessica Black was recently awarded an Ignite grant, one of two new grant programs launched by Boston College to provide seed funding for new faculty scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration. Black said her Ignite award will support her research on youth with or at risk for learning disabilities as part of a team that includes researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

"This Ignite Award is important to expand learning disabilities research beyond deficit and risk to also include explicit focus on under explored protective processes – such as academic and non-academic strengths, future orientation, motivation, and mentor relationships – that may contribute to resilience outcomes for these youth," Black said. The team is preparing to seek federal funding for a large-scale, long-term youth study using neuro-imaging.  More about Jessica Black's grant award »

Events

GSSW Annual Alumni Event 2010

MARCH 25, 2010
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. 

Please RSVP for the event.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: ANDREA COHEN MSW '84

For the past 20 years Andrea Cohen has been a leader in eldercare business development, transforming the way private-pay services are delivered through a series of successful, widely replicated ventures.  As HouseWorks CEO, she has crafted pioneering partnerships for supporting seniors in long-term care facilities, senior housing, and consumer-led communities like Boston’s Beacon Hill Village.

Ms. Cohen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Family Caregiver’s Association, the National Private Duty Association, the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance, and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  She is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences on the subject of private home care development and eldercare trends.  Her accomplishments have been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Business Journal, Harvard Magazine, and Women’s Business.  Ms. Cohen received her MSW from Boston College in 1984.