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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

REGISTRATION
GSSW Diversity Conference and 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 BELOW
3 CEUs offered

Workshops

Participants can choose to attend one of the following workshops:

  • "The 113th Congress: An Overview of Legislative Priorities for Enhancing Disability Rights and Advocacy for Social Justice"
    Mark Perriello, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • "In Our Own Voice"
    Marylou Sudders, GSSW Associate Professor and Chair of Health & Mental Health Concentration
    Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

    A presentation by consumers that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness. It is intended as a powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness. It offers powerful testimony that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.
  • "The Hidden Wounds of War"
    Julie Canfield, PhD, LICSW, GSSW Adjunct Faculty, GSSW Veterans & Families Initiative Head
    Kevin M. Casey, LICSW, GSSW Adjunct Faculty, VISN 1 Network Homeless Coordinator

    A workshop exploring social work practice with veterans and their families with specific attention to the impact of enduring psychological trauma and traumatic brain injury.
  • "When Disabilities Are All in the Family: Support and Advocacy for Those with Chronic Medical Conditions"
    Cheryl Sullivan Staveley, RN, past member of Boston College Pediatric Palliative Care Advisory Board, former member of Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Huntington Disease Society of America
    Kenna M. Sullivan, LICSW, GSSW Field Education Specialist
    This workshop will discuss the benefits of group psychoeducational and support services for caregivers and family/friends of persons living with chronic medical conditions.

You will be notified of your designated workshop on the day of the event at check in.

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