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Takeuchi Elected Secretary of American Sociological Association

JUNE 16, 2015

The already long list of important roles played by BCSSW Associate Dean of Research David Takeuchi continues to grow: On Tuesday he was elected Secretary of the largest professional association of sociologists worldwide, the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Takeuchi will serve the ASA as Secretary-Elect in 2015-2016, and as Secretary from 2016-2019. His responsibilities will include: chairing the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget, and he will be a voting member of both the Publications and Programming Committees. More about Takeuchi Elected Secretary on the Blog »

Dearing Provides Commentary on Tsarnaev Sentencing

MAY 15, 2015

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing continues to offer her unique perspective to some of the biggest stories taking place in the news – most recently, as a commentator on WBUR’s special coverage of the jury verdict for the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial. Dearing also appeared on New England Cable News to offer a response to the Tsarnaev sentencing.

Dearing is an experienced blogger, writing for the Huffington Post and WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and a seasoned commentator on television and radio. More about Dearing Provides Commentary on Tsarnaev Sentencing on the Blog »


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.
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.