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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

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.