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Civil Rights Pioneer Ignites Spirit of Activism at Boston College

MARCH 5, 2015

On February 19th, civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin presented a talk on her life at the Boston College School of Social Work, remembering the day 60 years ago when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Colvin was a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights – her refusal of segregation took place nine months before Rosa Parks’ similar protest. She was only 15 years old at the time.

"Claudette spoke eloquently about how she has proactively addressed adversity throughout her life, and she encouraged our faculty and students to stand up and provide a compassionate voice when confronted with social injustice in our own lives," said BC Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi. "She also encouraged us to strive to understand what’s happening in the world around us today, and she asked us to remember our distinct pasts as a critical means to gaining truthful perspectives on our shared futures."  More about Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin »

"Social Work is BC"

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

On November 11th, we returned to our roots, reclaiming the original name bestowed upon the school by its founders in 1936, the Boston College School of Social Work. The name change offered the school an opportunity to celebrate its history, its people, and its mission; the title of the event was "Social Work is BC." It was a title that resonated deeply with featured speaker Father Jack Butler, Boston College's Vice President for the Division of University Mission and Ministry.

"And then I saw your hashtag, 'Social Work is BC,' and I said 'There's the prophets,'" he told a packed audience in McGuinn Hall's auditorium. "They’re calling back to all of us in the administration, all of us in the separate schools, all the students here, and you are saying to us, 'Do you remember what the mission is?'"

The evening was designed to celebrate the many unique and diverse ways that BC Social Work seeks to live out its mission of social justice, and to making transformation happen. More than 20 initiatives and programs participated in a dynamic "flash mob style" presentation that included singing, dancing, inspiring remarks, quotations from people like Martin Luther King, Jr., and loud cheers. The Latino Leadership Initiative unfurled a banner displaying the school’s new name, in a new language — Spanish.  More about "Social Work is BC" »

Events

GSSW Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

JANUARY 13, 2012
8:00 a.m.–Noon
McGuinn 121
Parking: Beacon Street Garage levels 3 or 4 (entrances are on levels 1 and 2). Visitor parking rates apply without a Boston College parking permit.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED. (Registration has closed.)
3 CEUs offered

The 2012 GSSW Alumni Award Event will be co-sponsored by the GSSW Diversity Committee, whose theme this year is "Spirituality and Social Work."

Faculty, students, alumni, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This event brings the entire GSSW community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

Conference Schedule
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee, and pastries (outside McGuinn 121 auditorium)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Workshops
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Workshop summaries and discussion
11:45 - 12:15 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Award presentation
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Book signing and sale

Keynote Address: "Spiritual Diversity in Social Work: The Heart of Helping"
The keynote address will be presented by Edward R. Canda, PhD, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.

Dr. Canda studied the anthropology of religions, art, and art history as an undergraduate. He later received an MA in religious studies focusing on East Asian religions and comparative religions. Out of a desire to integrate interests in religious studies and social service, he then obtained MSW and PhD degrees at The Ohio State University (1980-1986) with a focus of study and practice on cross-cultural and spiritual issues.

Throughout his distinguished career as practitioner and scholar, Dr. Canda has been a welcome voice calling the profession to recognize the significance of spirituality for the clients and communities we serve.

Workshops
Breakout sessions will be offered following the keynote to explore the integration of spirituality and social work in specific settings and populations. 3 CEUs offered.

Distinguished Alumni Award
The morning program will end with the presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award.

We hope you will all join us as we continue to come together to celebrate our school's
75th Anniversary year.

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE » Registration has closed