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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

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture: Vincent D. Rougeau

Vincent D. Rougeau
Vincent D. Rougeau

MARCH 23, 2012
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
1.5 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
RSVP by March 9, 2012, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School, will be the featured speaker at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work 6th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture. Dean Rougeau will speak on "Reflections on Justice and Religious Diversity: Why Living Together Is Better than Living Apart."

Dean Rougeau is at the forefront of how religion, law, and multiculturalism intersect. He is a leader of a research group on global migration and cosmpolitanism as part of the Contending Modernites project, sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame.

Dean Rougeau explores how key assumptions underlying Catholic teaching diverge from many of the ideas animating American law and public policy in areas like poverty relief, immigration, and redress for racial discrimination.

Vincent D. Rougeau became the eleventh dean of Boston College Law School in July 2011.