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Global Health Program Unites Disciplines

DECEMBER 16, 2014

In an increasingly global society, where health problems – and their potential solutions – often have implications far beyond the communities in which they occur, public health is fast becoming a field of great interest among colleges and universities. Boston College is a leader in training this new generation of internationally-minded problem solvers through its program in Global Public Health, offering undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework via a collaboration between the Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This semester, 67 students have been enjoying the unique opportunity to take a course team-taught by Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins and Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Sutherland. Public Health in a Global Society, the first installment in a three-course sequence, presents the topic as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention.  More about the Global Health Program »

BCSSW in the News
Under New Leader, BC Social Work Center Redefines Mission

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Boston College's innovative National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is undergoing a major transition this fall, with new leadership and an expansion of its mission to help give individuals and families greater control over the design and delivery of home and community-based services.

Richard Petty, an experienced administrator in advocacy and programs promoting independent community living for persons with disabilities, began his duties as director of the center – housed at the BC School of Social Work – after being appointed this past summer.

He succeeds Professor of Social Work Kevin Mahoney, the founding director and architect of NRCPDS, who will remain as a researcher and oversee the new center initiative focusing on behavioral health, funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  More about center's new leader »

Events

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Mike Durkin, President and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Scott Harshbarger

December 5, 2013
12:20–2:00 p.m.
McGuinn 526
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 13 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, and change management/transformation and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and three pieces of advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Mike Durkin is the current President and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Durkin has more than 30 years of experience with the United Way. In his current role as President and CEO, Durkin provides the leadership and strategic direction that drives United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley toward achieving its vision. Durkin also co-chairs the Leadership Council of the Boston Regional Homeless Network and is a member of the board of directors of the Cotting School.

Future events in the Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series are planned for the months of January and March. Additional sessions may be added. Most events will be scheduled on a Thursday from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. or on a Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 13 students only on a first come first serve basis. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.