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BCSSW Unveils Revamped Social Work Library

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

The School of Social Work's library received a significant upgrade this past summer, when Boston College invested substantial resources to building a gleaming, innovative space for its students.

Library staffers conducted several focus groups and student surveys ahead of the redesign, in order to ensure the new space was best suited to the school’s most important stakeholders. Boston-based architectural firm Dimella Shaffer won a competition to then integrate this feedback into the ultimate design that would become the new library.

"The library redesign was a labor of love for the many of us involved in the project," says Head Librarian Hannah Ha. "We worked hard to integrate the perspective of our students in our plans, and we are confident we've created the best possible space for both collaborative and individual study and work." More about BCSSW Unveils Revamped Social Work Library on the Blog »

BCSSW Convenes First-of-its-kind Neuroscience and Social Work Symposium

OCTOBER 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Jessica Black is breaking new ground with colleagues from across the nation for a new area of inquiry: neuroscience and social work. An educational psychologist with postdoctoral training in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine, she is one of a small group of pioneers to concentrate her career in this space. Black firmly believes that neuroscience is a critical component of any social work training, and thanks to her leadership, BCSSW offers its students the option to complete a certificate in this cross-disciplinary inquiry.

More than just building a program at BCSSW, however, Black hopes to construct a new field between these spaces; this fall, she and the BC School of Social Work hosted a first-of-its-kind research symposium entitled Intersections: Social Work and Neuroscience. Find out more about this symposium on the blog »


Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

Jessica Black
Usha George

MARCH 26, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Featured Speaker: Dr. Usha George, Professor and Dean,  Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University,Toronto.
Topic: Immigrants and Refugees: Settlement Issues and Service Delivery Models

RSVP by March 12th. Contact Serena Hearts at or call 617.552-0866.
Her research focuses on social development; newcomer settlement and integration; and diversity and organizational change. She was the Royal Bank Chair in Applied Social Work Research at the University of Toronto School of Social Work and has served as Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. She has extensive university teaching, research and administrative experience in India, Africa and the U.S.