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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

Commencement 2014

A program from Commencement.
A program from Commencement.

MAY 19, 2014
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m. — Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 138th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. The University Commencement, which is attended by all graduates, is held in Alumni Stadium (rain or shine) and will begin with the Academic Procession at 9:15 a.m. and end after approximately two hours. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, will address the Class of 2014 at University Commencement.

The Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held following the University Commencement at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Burns Lawn (rain or shine). The ceremony will feature a welcome from Dean Alberto Godenzi and greetings from Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, President of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S. This year's Student Greeter from the Class of 2014 is Corina S. Laudate. Cheryl Snyder, on behalf of the Alumni Association, will welcome the Class of 2014. The ceremony will begin with an invocation from Sr. Xuan Tho Phan and conclude with a Benediction from Shameka S. Gregory, both members of the Class of 2014. Degree Representatives are Abby Schwartz, PhD, and Victoria Pineiro, MSW.

Dr. Darla Spence Coffey is a nationally recognized author and speaker on issues associated with domestic violence. Dr. Coffey has served as a professor of social work, associate provost, and dean of graduate studies at West Chester University in Pennslyvania. She received her bachelor's degree from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennslyvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Coffey has an extensive background in social work practice in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. After years of research on the effects of domestic violence on children, Dr. Coffey developed a curriculum for practitioners, Parenting After Violence, and trained social workers within the child welfare system in Philadelphia, PA.

Maps, parking, visitor resources, FAQs, and more about Commencement »

For Graduating Students: Resources and tips to help you with networking, finding a job, and preparing for the transition to your social work career »

Watch the highlights video from the Graduate School of Social Work Commencement ceremony »

Watch the video from the University Commencement ceremony »