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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

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Scott Harshbarger, Former Massachusetts Attorney General

Scott Harshbarger

OCTOBER 31, 2013
12:20–1:30 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 8 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 will sponsor 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. Leadership speakers will be invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, and change management/transformation and social innovation to the discussions. The program will take place as a luncheon series where leaders will be 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.

The first luncheon, to be held on October 31, will be open to 8 macro students. Reservation sign-ups are on a first come, first-serve basis. Former Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Scott Harshbarger will be the first Macro-SIL guest speaker.

Harshbarger served as President and CEO of Common Cause in Washington, DC, a national nonprofit citizens' lobby and government watchdog group. He currently chairs the board of Community Resources for Justice and serves on boards for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Board of Ethics Resource Center, Union Theological Seminary, and Harvard School of Public Health.

Future events in the Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series are planned for the months of November, 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 8 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.