MAY 11, 2015
On May 1st, BC Social Work hosted its first ever Social Innovation Symposium, engaging well-respected community leaders with students, alumni, and other social work professionals. Organized and convened by current MSW students in partnership with faculty leadership at the Center for Social Innovation, the Symposium provided a forum for attendees to consider how they can innovate for change, both in their current work, and with an eye to the future. This year's theme centered around economic justice; speakers and workshops examined innovative practices in using assets, the built environment, and social capital to develop and improve access to economic resources in marginalized communities. More about Students Convene Social Innovation Symposium on the Blog »
APRIL 28, 2015
University of Connecticut School of Social Work Dean Salome Raheim presented the ninth annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture on April 15 at Boston College. Salome's talk, entitled "Race and Justice: From Analysis to Action," focused on the current dialogue on police violence against African Americans, as well as the mass incarceration of blacks in the U.S. prison system, and she offered a call to action. Raheim was the latest in a series of speakers invited to BCSSW to speak to this year's diversity theme of Race + Justice.
"The focus of race and justice for this lecture series, needless to say it is so timely," said Raheim in her opening remarks. "That the Boston College School of Social Work identified this theme before the nation's attention returned to it in the late summer last year says a great deal about the forward thinking and the commitment of this school." More about Raheim Delivers Pinderhughes Lecture on the Blog »
Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.
The day will culminate in an awards ceremony for the winning prototype from the student presentations. The ceremony and plaque are sponsored by the first SIL graduating cohort, the class of 2013.
The 2014 winning team is first year macro students Ian Witherby, Joel Danforth, Kristle Sylvester, and Megan Van Ness, who developed the project "MYVIEW – Mentoring Youth Via Internet & Electronic Worlds." The project capitalizes on the technological savvy of today's youth to promote a supportive community for questioning, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth ages 13 to 21.
Michael Moloney, President and CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates, a Massachusetts nonprofit serving 3,500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Moloney was named "Master Social Innovator" by the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for his innovative work in leveraging sustainable partnerships among leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. He is a member of the Board of Directors and incoming Chairperson of the Provider's Council, which represents 220 organizations and over 100,000 staff, and he provides leadership for the Caring Force, a grassroots effort advocating for better economic conditions for direct support staff.
Suzin Bartley, Executive Director of the Children's Trust
Humberto Camarena, Assistant Director of the Boston College Center for Social Innovation
Laura Foote, Adjunct Lecturer on Social Enterprise and Crisis Leadership in the Carroll School of Management
Daniel Nakamoto, Executive Director of Administrative Services, North American Family Institute