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BCSSW Unveils Revamped Social Work Library

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

The School of Social Work's library received a significant upgrade this past summer, when Boston College invested substantial resources to building a gleaming, innovative space for its students.

Library staffers conducted several focus groups and student surveys ahead of the redesign, in order to ensure the new space was best suited to the school’s most important stakeholders. Boston-based architectural firm Dimella Shaffer won a competition to then integrate this feedback into the ultimate design that would become the new library.

"The library redesign was a labor of love for the many of us involved in the project," says Head Librarian Hannah Ha. "We worked hard to integrate the perspective of our students in our plans, and we are confident we've created the best possible space for both collaborative and individual study and work." More about BCSSW Unveils Revamped Social Work Library on the Blog »

BCSSW Convenes First-of-its-kind Neuroscience and Social Work Symposium

OCTOBER 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Jessica Black is breaking new ground with colleagues from across the nation for a new area of inquiry: neuroscience and social work. An educational psychologist with postdoctoral training in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine, she is one of a small group of pioneers to concentrate her career in this space. Black firmly believes that neuroscience is a critical component of any social work training, and thanks to her leadership, BCSSW offers its students the option to complete a certificate in this cross-disciplinary inquiry.

More than just building a program at BCSSW, however, Black hopes to construct a new field between these spaces; this fall, she and the BC School of Social Work hosted a first-of-its-kind research symposium entitled Intersections: Social Work and Neuroscience. Find out more about this symposium on the blog »


Film Premiere: "When Home Is the Street"

Documentary, 'When Home Is the Street'
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will host the U.S. premiere of "When Home Is the Street," a documentary by award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Thereza Jessouroun.

JANUARY 28, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater
Free, but registration requested

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will host the U.S. premiere of a special documentary film, "Quando a casa é a rua (When Home Is the Street)." Award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Thereza Jessouroun chronicles the lives of street children in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, and brings to life stories of the street children's resilience and transformation through the power of compassion and support. While the film focuses on Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, the compelling and haunting scenes depicted could also take place in Mumbai or Nairobi – or even in Boston or New York City.

The 35-minute screening will be followed by a discussion with Irene Rizzini, Professor of Social Work at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and founding director of the International Center for Research and Policy on Children. Professor Rizzini envisioned and developed this film project, which was funded through the Fetzer Institute. Stephanie Berzin, Boston College GSSW Associate Professor and chair of the Children, Youth & Families concentration, will moderate the film discussion. A reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

For more information, please contact Ellen Sullivan, Executive Director, University Advancement,, 617-552-6818.

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