SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Over the past few years, Italy has surpassed Greece as the principal gateway for undocumented immigration into the European Union. In fact, a recent report from EU border agency Frontex found that during the first quarter of 2014, half of the entire continent's detected illegal border crossings came through the Italian seacoast.
It's no accident, then, that this July, Boston College School of Social Work Associate Professor Westy Egmont convened a cohort of 13 BC Social Work graduate students in four Italian cities, as part of a course designed to tackle the challenges of immigrant integration. "Italy is the Texas/Arizona of Europe, in that it bears a disproportionate level of responsibility for the continent's undocumented," explains Egmont. "Currently, the country is host to 13 migrant camps, and large flows of irregular migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. There are, of course, a variety of agencies serving these populations, and we were fortunate to learn from several of them during our time in Italy." More about the students' visit to Italy to study immigrant integration »
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath, who recently joined Boston College School of Social Work, has been awarded a major grant for research into the economic and health effects of psychosocial workplace exposures.
According to a report in the Boston College Chronicle, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant is part of a program designed to support early-career scholars. Sabbath is the first BC Social Work professor to receive such a grant. More about Erika Sabbath's grant award »
JANUARY 28, 2013
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-552-6818.