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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 »


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

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.


  • 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