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BC-Santander Agreement Extends International PhD Program

JULY 11, 2014

A Boston College program that aims to build global expertise in social welfare has been renewed for three years, following an agreement with Santander Universities, a division of Santander Bank, NA.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander Bank US, formally extended the BC-Santander agreement at a July 8 signing ceremony attended by BC and Santander representatives. Under the agreement, Santander will continue its support for the University's international doctoral program in social welfare, headquartered in the Graduate School of Social Work.  More about the BC-Santander Agreement »

BC Perspectives
50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

JULY 10, 2014

"BC Perspectives" highlights some of the important issues being explored by the Boston College community that reflect the Graduate School of Social Work's commitment to social justice.

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. While much has changed since 1964, our nation still has a multitude of uphill social battles in front of us, from eliminating ongoing racism, to finding a way to provide widespread access to quality healthcare, to caring for our aging population.

In a recent issue of America magazine, Boston College School of Law Dean Vincent D. Rougeau penned an article on the legacy and ongoing challenges of the civil rights act. It's a powerfully personal story of his own family's journey, where he recounts his grandfather's life in segregation as a migrant worker who was never assured of receiving his next paycheck.  More about 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act »

Events

Naturalization Ceremony

MARCH 21, 2013
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater

One hundred immigrants will take the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens of the United States in a naturalization ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. '69, P'11'09, will preside at the ceremony. Boston College's ROTC and student musical groups will participate starting at 2:30 p.m.

Dean Alberto Godenzi spoke with the Boston College Chronicle about why hosting the naturalization ceremony is a great fit for GSSW. "Social work is all about inclusion and empowerment. There is something unique about experiencing this moment, when people from all walks of life collectively embrace the values of the nation. We wanted to bring this ceremony to BC to be witnessed by the students, faculty, and staff of Boston College." Read more from the Boston College Chronicle article »

This event is open to the Boston College community. If you would like to attend the ceremony or would like more information, email 150@bc.edu or call 617-552-3292.

Event program and official event webpage »

Read the article from the Boston Globe »

Learn about the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work »