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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 »

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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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