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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment is effective January 8 and will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as executive director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children before joining the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Events

The Dean's Series: 'Putting Our Heads in the Sand Won't Make the World Go Away'

Alberto Godenzi
Alberto Godenzi

OCTOBER 23, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center atrium, 2121 Commonwealth Avenue,
Brighton, MA (maps & directions)
Free parking adjacent to building

A presentation featuring Alberto Godenzi, Dean of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

We all have a sense that our world has become smaller, but what does it really mean that our lives have been transformed by globalization? This presentation proposes that we are global citizens whether we want it or not. To be able to act in the global arena, we need to increase our understanding of world issues and expand our language versatility. And while we do all that, we will face the biggest challenge: how to remain or become humble when we interact with other people, cultures, and systems. If we are not up for any of this, we will stand still and most likely fall behind.

Refreshments will be served at the event. All are welcome. Admission is free for students, $10 for alumni.

Sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association. For more information, call 617-552-4700.