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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 »


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 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.