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 »
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" »
December 5, 2013
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 13 students only. Please email Chris Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to reserve your spot.