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Q & A: Field Education Director Walks in the Shoes of a Client

AUGUST 12, 2014

LIFTopolis is a unique event sponsored by LIFT, a non-profit organization devoted to establishing "a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country's fight against poverty."

During the course of two days, LIFTopolis attendees (including social workers, social work educators, and students) engage in an interactive simulation where they're asked to "navigate the complex process of obtaining stable housing, employment, and other basic needs when living in poverty." In short, participants spend time walking in the shoes of the men, women, and children they provide, or will provide, services to.

This year, BC Social Work Director of Field Education Sue Coleman took part in LIFTopolis for the first time, an event which she says was an "eye-opening experience that could serve as a great resource for many in the field of social work."  More about LIFTopolis »

GSSW in the News
Jessica Black Awarded University Ignite Grant to Support Neuroscience Research

AUGUST 11, 2014

Assistant Professor Jessica Black was recently awarded an Ignite grant, one of two new grant programs launched by Boston College to provide seed funding for new faculty scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration. Black said her Ignite award will support her research on youth with or at risk for learning disabilities as part of a team that includes researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

"This Ignite Award is important to expand learning disabilities research beyond deficit and risk to also include explicit focus on under explored protective processes – such as academic and non-academic strengths, future orientation, motivation, and mentor relationships – that may contribute to resilience outcomes for these youth," Black said. The team is preparing to seek federal funding for a large-scale, long-term youth study using neuro-imaging.  More about Jessica Black's grant award »

Events

Commencement 2012

MAY 21, 2012
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m. — Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 136th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012. The University Commencement, which is attended by all graduates, is held in Alumni Stadium (rain or shine) and will begin with the Academic Procession at 9:15 a.m. and end after approximately two hours. Robert Woodruff, an award-winning journalist whose recovery from a traumatic brain injury became a compelling survival story, will address the Class of 2012 at University Commencement.

The Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held immediately after University Commencement at approximately noon on Burns Lawn (rain or shine). Mildred "Mit" Joyner, President of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), will address the Class of 2012 at the Diploma Ceremony. Founded in 1952, CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S.

Ms. Joyner is a full professor and chair emerita of the undergraduate social work department at West Chester University (WCU). In the field of social work, her research interests include gerontology, child abuse, race relations, and lowering disparity factors among groups in the United States and the global community.

View photo slideshow of Commencement 2012 »