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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 »


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 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 to reserve your spot.