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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:
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.