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 is effective January 8 and 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 executive director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children before joining 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 »
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 »
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.