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"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" »

BCSSW in the News
Border Visit Illuminates BC Social Work Immigration Course

FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Once again, the United States is at a crossroads on the issue of immigration. In the wake of President Obama’s recent executive order allowing some five million undocumented persons to stay in the U.S. at least temporarily, community leaders across the country are faced with the challenge of building new systems to better integrate immigrants into American life.

An innovative course at the Boston College School of Social Work is addressing this challenge head-on, and offering a unique field-based experience for a next generation of social workers devoted to shaping immigration policy. Services to Migrants: A Border Perspective is co-taught by BCSSW Associate Professor of Macro Practice Westy Egmont, director of the BC Immigrant Integration Lab, and part-time faculty member Maryanne Loughry, RSM, associate director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia and an advisor to the Australian government on migration and refugee matters.  More about the Border Visit »

Events

Social Innovation Symposium

FEBRUARY 1, 2012
6:45–9 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

The Social Innovation Symposium will be a conversation among three social entrepreneurs working to bring social innovation to the nonprofit, for-profit, and public sectors:

  • Earl Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read; Founder of Summer Advantage USA; and Co-Founder and Former CEO of BELL
  • Jim Laughlin, Director of Communications for Life Is Good
  • Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools

See the event schedule

The symposium is a unique graduate and undergraduate collaboration sponsored by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Capstone, and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Boston College undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to register by January 26, 2012, to margaret.dolan.2@bc.edu.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Berzin at stephanie.berzin@bc.edu.