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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 »


Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults

JUNE 11, 2013
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP required by May 28, 2013, to

The Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults will bring together representatives of agencies with successful housing programs for vulnerable populations from across Massachusetts to discuss who they serve, what type of housing and services are provided, where housing is located, when and how it was established, and why their program is working.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Department of Child & Family Serivces (DCF) Care and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

9:009:30 a.m. Welcome and Continental Breakfast
9:3011:00 a.m. Panel Presentations
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Welcome and Continental Breakfast
The program will begin with a welcome address presented by Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD, President & CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers, and Maria Z. Mossaides, JD, Executive Director, Cambridge Family & Children's Service.

Panel Presentations
Representatives from five area programs, Gándara Center of Springfield, The Children's Study Home of Springfield, Dial/Self of Greenfield, Caritas Communities of Braintree, and The Home for Little Wanderers of Boston, will present about their housing programs for vulnerable populations:

Pamela Cook — Director, Gándara Center
Kim Majewski — Director of Community Services, Gándara Center
Kaylee Nicholls — Case Manager, Gándara Center
Eliza Crescentini — Executive Director, The Children's Study Home
Christine Lopez — Director of Residential Programs, The Children's Study Home
Robert Perry — Community Volunteer, The Children's Study Program
Phillip Ringwood — Acting Executive Director, Dial/Self
Lisa Goldsmith — Senior Director of Programs, Dial/Self
Mark Winkeller — Executive Director, Caritas Communities
Lavette Pitts — Program Director, Roxbury Village, The Home for Little Wanderers

Roundtable Discussion and Audience Q&A
The program will close with a roundtable discussion with a question and answer session facilitated by Stephanie Berzin, PhD, MSSW, Chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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The Massachusetts Task Force on Aging Out of DCF Care is a coalition co-chaired by the Home for Little Wanderers and Cambridge Family & Children's Service. Overall membership includes more than 40 child welfare and human service providers, state agencies, and others who, through advocacy, research and public education, are working to help youth in transition have the tools necessary to be contributing members of their communities.