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Civil Rights Pioneer Ignites Spirit of Activism at Boston College

MARCH 5, 2015

On February 19th, civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin presented a talk on her life at the Boston College School of Social Work, remembering the day 60 years ago when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Colvin was a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights – her refusal of segregation took place nine months before Rosa Parks’ similar protest. She was only 15 years old at the time.

"Claudette spoke eloquently about how she has proactively addressed adversity throughout her life, and she encouraged our faculty and students to stand up and provide a compassionate voice when confronted with social injustice in our own lives," said BC Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi. "She also encouraged us to strive to understand what’s happening in the world around us today, and she asked us to remember our distinct pasts as a critical means to gaining truthful perspectives on our shared futures."  More about Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin »

"Social Work is BC"

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

On November 11th, we returned to our roots, reclaiming the original name bestowed upon the school by its founders in 1936, the Boston College School of Social Work. The name change offered the school an opportunity to celebrate its history, its people, and its mission; the title of the event was "Social Work is BC." It was a title that resonated deeply with featured speaker Father Jack Butler, Boston College's Vice President for the Division of University Mission and Ministry.

"And then I saw your hashtag, 'Social Work is BC,' and I said 'There's the prophets,'" he told a packed audience in McGuinn Hall's auditorium. "They’re calling back to all of us in the administration, all of us in the separate schools, all the students here, and you are saying to us, 'Do you remember what the mission is?'"

The evening was designed to celebrate the many unique and diverse ways that BC Social Work seeks to live out its mission of social justice, and to making transformation happen. More than 20 initiatives and programs participated in a dynamic "flash mob style" presentation that included singing, dancing, inspiring remarks, quotations from people like Martin Luther King, Jr., and loud cheers. The Latino Leadership Initiative unfurled a banner displaying the school’s new name, in a new language — Spanish.  More about "Social Work is BC" »

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

Portrait of Andrea CohenFor 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.