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"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" »

BCSSW in the News
Border Visit Illuminates BC Social Work Immigration Course

FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Once again, the United States is at a crossroads on the issue of immigration. In the wake of President Obama’s recent executive order allowing some five million undocumented persons to stay in the U.S. at least temporarily, community leaders across the country are faced with the challenge of building new systems to better integrate immigrants into American life.

An innovative course at the Boston College School of Social Work is addressing this challenge head-on, and offering a unique field-based experience for a next generation of social workers devoted to shaping immigration policy. Services to Migrants: A Border Perspective is co-taught by BCSSW Associate Professor of Macro Practice Westy Egmont, director of the BC Immigrant Integration Lab, and part-time faculty member Maryanne Loughry, RSM, associate director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia and an advisor to the Australian government on migration and refugee matters.  More about the Border Visit »

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.