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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

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture: Christine Griffin

Christine Griffin
Christine Griffin

APRIL 12, 2013
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet

RSVP by March 29, 2013, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

Christine Griffin, Law '73, Executive Director of The Disability Law Center, will be the featured speaker at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work 7th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture. Griffin will speak on "Diversity and Inclusion: When Will People with Disabilities Be Included?"

Griffin recently returned to The Disability Law Center as the Executive Director. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

A former active duty veteran and Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year," Griffin also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In 2005, she was sworn in to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and later was appointed by President Obama as its Acting Vice Chairman. Griffin is responsible for the creation and implementation of multiple groundbreaking initiatives in the disability rights arena.

Christine Griffin, "Diversity and Inclusion: When Will People with Disabilities Be Included?"