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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

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.