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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 »


Distinguished Speakers Lecture: Delano Lewis, Former Ambassador to South Africa

Delano Lewis
Delano Lewis

"Caring for People is a Global Responsibility"
APRIL 26, 2012
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Breakfast Buffet
RSVP by April 13, 2012, to Serena Heartz at or 617-552-0866

Delano Lewis, former Ambassador to South Africa, will be the featured speaker at the GSSW Distinguished Speakers Lecture. Mr. Lewis will discuss how we are all connected and interconnected globally and will speak about opportunities to serve in the U.S. and around the world. He will refer to his Peace Corps and South African ambassadorship experiences as well as focus on what's working in the business world and the not-for-profit world.

Mr. Lewis was Ambassador to South Africa from 1999 to 2001, and previously held leadership roles with the Peace Corps, National Public Radio, and the U.S. diplomatic corps.

Mr. Lewis served ten years in the Federal Government from 1963 until 1973. He served as an attorney with the Deptartment of Justice; as an attorney in the Office of Compliance in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Associate Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Nigeria and Country Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Uganda; Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts and Chief of Staff for Delegate Walter Fauntroy of the District of Columbia.

From 1973 until 1984, Delano Lewis was an executive with the C&P Telephone Company in Washington DC, a subsidiary of AT&T. From 1984 until 1994, he was an Officer of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), retiring in 1994 as President and CEO of the District of Columbia operations. In 1994, Mr. Lewis was named President and CEO of National Public Radio in Washington, DC.

In June 1999, President Clinton nominated Delano Lewis as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. The United States Senate confirmed him on November 10, 1999. In September 2006, he assumed the position of Senior Fellow at New Mexico State University where he established The Institute for International Relations. He served as the Director of the Institute. On July 1, 2010, until June 30, 2011, he held the position of Interim Dean of International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.

Mr. Lewis now serves on the boards of the Colgate Palmolive Company, the Eastman Kodak Company, and the American Institutes for Research.

Watch a video of the event »