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BC Social Work Students Visit Italy to Study Immigrant Integration

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Over the past few years, Italy has surpassed Greece as the principal gateway for undocumented immigration into the European Union. In fact, a recent report from EU border agency Frontex found that during the first quarter of 2014, half of the entire continent's detected illegal border crossings came through the Italian seacoast.

It's no accident, then, that this July, Boston College School of Social Work Associate Professor Westy Egmont convened a cohort of 13 BC Social Work graduate students in four Italian cities, as part of a course designed to tackle the challenges of immigrant integration. "Italy is the Texas/Arizona of Europe, in that it bears a disproportionate level of responsibility for the continent's undocumented," explains Egmont. "Currently, the country is host to 13 migrant camps, and large flows of irregular migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. There are, of course, a variety of agencies serving these populations, and we were fortunate to learn from several of them during our time in Italy."  More about the students' visit to Italy to study immigrant integration »

GSSW in the News
Erika Sabbath Earns Major CDC Grant

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath, who recently joined Boston College School of Social Work, has been awarded a major grant for research into the economic and health effects of psychosocial workplace exposures.

According to a report in the Boston College Chronicle, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant is part of a program designed to support early-career scholars. Sabbath is the first BC Social Work professor to receive such a grant.  More about Erika Sabbath's grant award »

Events

5th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

Jack Kirkland
Jack Kirkland

MARCH 25, 2011
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jack Kirkland, Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: "The Black Masses—Permanently in Poverty—Slavery—Depression—Recession—as Far as the Eye Can See. Unless…"

RSVP by March 11, 2011, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

Dr. Jack Kirkland, an internationally known scholar on the African-American family, has lectured extensively on multiculturalism and economic development. He joined Washington University as co-founder, and later director, of the African American Studies Program. He has served as Community Development Director for the Peace Corps in Latin America, Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, and as a consultant to mayors of several cities. Dr. Kirkland has been recognized for his efforts in bringing together people of diverse cultural backgrounds to work on behalf of youths at risk.

1.25 CEU hours. Breakfast buffet.