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Civil Rights Pioneer Ignites Spirit of Activism at Boston College

MARCH 5, 2015

On February 19th, civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin presented a talk on her life at the Boston College School of Social Work, remembering the day 60 years ago when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Colvin was a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights – her refusal of segregation took place nine months before Rosa Parks’ similar protest. She was only 15 years old at the time.

"Claudette spoke eloquently about how she has proactively addressed adversity throughout her life, and she encouraged our faculty and students to stand up and provide a compassionate voice when confronted with social injustice in our own lives," said BC Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi. "She also encouraged us to strive to understand what’s happening in the world around us today, and she asked us to remember our distinct pasts as a critical means to gaining truthful perspectives on our shared futures."  More about Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin »

"Social Work is BC"

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

On November 11th, we returned to our roots, reclaiming the original name bestowed upon the school by its founders in 1936, the Boston College School of Social Work. The name change offered the school an opportunity to celebrate its history, its people, and its mission; the title of the event was "Social Work is BC." It was a title that resonated deeply with featured speaker Father Jack Butler, Boston College's Vice President for the Division of University Mission and Ministry.

"And then I saw your hashtag, 'Social Work is BC,' and I said 'There's the prophets,'" he told a packed audience in McGuinn Hall's auditorium. "They’re calling back to all of us in the administration, all of us in the separate schools, all the students here, and you are saying to us, 'Do you remember what the mission is?'"

The evening was designed to celebrate the many unique and diverse ways that BC Social Work seeks to live out its mission of social justice, and to making transformation happen. More than 20 initiatives and programs participated in a dynamic "flash mob style" presentation that included singing, dancing, inspiring remarks, quotations from people like Martin Luther King, Jr., and loud cheers. The Latino Leadership Initiative unfurled a banner displaying the school’s new name, in a new language — Spanish.  More about "Social Work is BC" »

Events

BC Social Work Diversity Event—'Justice, Diversity, and Aging: A Conversation for Incoming Students and Faculty'

Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich and Tiziana Dearing
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich and Tiziana Dearing

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
12:30–3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Part of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work 2013 Orientation program for all incoming students, this event will explore the social work profession's commitment to social justice and our school's promise to prepare students for empathetic and effective social work practice in a world filled with wonderful and complex diversity. As the academic year begins, incoming students are welcomed into our community's ongoing conversations about power and privilege, race, ethnicity, culture, spirituality, gender, sexuality, disability, and other aspects of a diverse world.

Speakers:

  • Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Associate Professor; Chair, Older Adults and Families Concentration; Teaching Chair
  • Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor; Co-Chair, Macro Practice

Lunch will be served.

In addition, throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the BC Social Work community will consider the impact of intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice on the health and happiness of older adults and their families.

Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, BC Social Work Diversity Event

 

Tiziana Dearing, BC Social Work Diversity Event