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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

Social Innovation Day 2014

APRIL 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton Campus
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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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Panelists

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