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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Events

GSSW Diversity Conference & Alumni Award Event

JANUARY 11, 2013
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
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 2013 GSSW Alumni Award Event will be co-sponsored by the GSSW Diversity Committee, whose theme this year is "Living with Disabilities: Lessons for Social Workers."

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.

Distinguished Alumni Award

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 GSSW Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is
Elise M. Beaulieu
, MSW '80, ACSW, LICSW. Beaulieu received her MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with a Casework major and an Administration minor.
See full bio »

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors a Boston College Graduate School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumnus/a who has made a significant contribution to the social work profession.

Conference Schedule
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee, and pastries (outside McGuinn 121 auditorium)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Workshops (see Registration Form for details)
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Award presentation

Keynote Address
The keynote address will be presented by Mark Perriello, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

The AAPD is the nation's largest cross-disability membership organization. Perriello, who has had a visual disability since childhood, has a proven track record of increasing organizational standing with decision makers through creative and high-impact grassroots and grass-tops programs across America. As a political strategist, he oversaw highly successful efforts to elect candidates to office at the federal, state, and local level.

Before joining AAPD, Perriello served as the White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Interior and worked as the White House Priority Placement Director, where he was instrumental in placing diverse candidates in jobs in the administration. Due in large part to his work, the Obama Administration is one of the most diverse in U.S. history. Prior to that, Perriello served in leadership roles in the LGBT community fundraising, organizing, and developing communications strategies at the Human Rights Campaign and Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute.

Workshops
Breakout sessions will be offered following the keynote to explore the integration of disability and social work in specific settings and populations. 3 CEUs offered. See Registration Form for details.

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE » Registration has closed

 

Mark Periello, Keynote Speaker

 

Elise M. Beaulieu, Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient