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Civil Rights Pioneer Ignites Spirit of Activism at Boston College

MARCH 5, 2015

On February 19th, civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin presented a talk on her life at the Boston College School of Social Work, remembering the day 60 years ago when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Colvin was a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights – her refusal of segregation took place nine months before Rosa Parks’ similar protest. She was only 15 years old at the time.

"Claudette spoke eloquently about how she has proactively addressed adversity throughout her life, and she encouraged our faculty and students to stand up and provide a compassionate voice when confronted with social injustice in our own lives," said BC Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi. "She also encouraged us to strive to understand what’s happening in the world around us today, and she asked us to remember our distinct pasts as a critical means to gaining truthful perspectives on our shared futures."  More about Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin »

"Social Work is BC"

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

On November 11th, we returned to our roots, reclaiming the original name bestowed upon the school by its founders in 1936, the Boston College School of Social Work. The name change offered the school an opportunity to celebrate its history, its people, and its mission; the title of the event was "Social Work is BC." It was a title that resonated deeply with featured speaker Father Jack Butler, Boston College's Vice President for the Division of University Mission and Ministry.

"And then I saw your hashtag, 'Social Work is BC,' and I said 'There's the prophets,'" he told a packed audience in McGuinn Hall's auditorium. "They’re calling back to all of us in the administration, all of us in the separate schools, all the students here, and you are saying to us, 'Do you remember what the mission is?'"

The evening was designed to celebrate the many unique and diverse ways that BC Social Work seeks to live out its mission of social justice, and to making transformation happen. More than 20 initiatives and programs participated in a dynamic "flash mob style" presentation that included singing, dancing, inspiring remarks, quotations from people like Martin Luther King, Jr., and loud cheers. The Latino Leadership Initiative unfurled a banner displaying the school’s new name, in a new language — Spanish.  More about "Social Work is BC" »

Events

Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations"

Diversity and Alumni Event

JANUARY 10, 2014
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College Graduate School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

In academic year 2013-2014, the GSSW community is focusing on Justice, Diversity, and Aging. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore the challenges that social workers face in meeting the needs of older immigrants and refugees and older LGBT men and women.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College Graduate School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. We are pleased to announce the 2014 award recipients:

  • Distinguished Recent Alumni Award: Erin McAleer, MSW '05. McAleer currently serves as Director of Cabinet Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's office.
    See bio »
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01. Vosburg-Casey is an attorney at the Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center and advocates for justice for those in the criminal system in Georgia.  See bio »
Conference Schedule
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee, and pastries
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. "LGBT Aging and Caregiving: What Social Workers Need to Know" *
Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, Director, LGBT Aging Project
GSSW Faculty Moderator: Susan Tohn, Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. "The Invisible, Unheard and Underserved Minority Elders" *
Irina Rutman, Program Coordinator and Case Manager, Jewish Family & Children's Service
Kun Chang, MSW, LICSW, Assistant Executive Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
Saida Abdi, MSW, MA, Clinical Social Worker and Researcher, Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience
GSSW Faculty Moderator: James Lubben, Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair, PhD Program Director, Institute on Aging Director
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Award presentations

* In addition to the primary speakers, each session will involve a BC Social Work faculty member, student, and alumni representative.