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BCSSW Unveils Revamped Social Work Library

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

The School of Social Work's library received a significant upgrade this past summer, when Boston College invested substantial resources to building a gleaming, innovative space for its students.

Library staffers conducted several focus groups and student surveys ahead of the redesign, in order to ensure the new space was best suited to the school’s most important stakeholders. Boston-based architectural firm Dimella Shaffer won a competition to then integrate this feedback into the ultimate design that would become the new library.

"The library redesign was a labor of love for the many of us involved in the project," says Head Librarian Hannah Ha. "We worked hard to integrate the perspective of our students in our plans, and we are confident we've created the best possible space for both collaborative and individual study and work." More about BCSSW Unveils Revamped Social Work Library on the Blog »

BCSSW Convenes First-of-its-kind Neuroscience and Social Work Symposium

OCTOBER 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Jessica Black is breaking new ground with colleagues from across the nation for a new area of inquiry: neuroscience and social work. An educational psychologist with postdoctoral training in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine, she is one of a small group of pioneers to concentrate her career in this space. Black firmly believes that neuroscience is a critical component of any social work training, and thanks to her leadership, BCSSW offers its students the option to complete a certificate in this cross-disciplinary inquiry.

More than just building a program at BCSSW, however, Black hopes to construct a new field between these spaces; this fall, she and the BC School of Social Work hosted a first-of-its-kind research symposium entitled Intersections: Social Work and Neuroscience. Find out more about this symposium on the blog »

‘Onwards and Upwards’ – BCSSW Releases Fall 2015 Magazine

OCTOBER 9, 2015

In this latest edition of BC Social Work Magazine, you’ll find stories aboutChangemakers – members of our school’s senior leadership – and the projects they’re engaged in to push the boundaries of social work. You’ll read aboutExecutives and Policymakers, a new kind of social work professor brought in to BCSSW to share their leadership experiences with a next generation of professionals. You’ll also learn about New Directions in social work being pursued by representatives of our young, impressive junior faculty, bringing our field into dialogue with neuroscience, public health, and beyond. And of course, you’ll also be able to read about some of the school’s influential alumni, and the change they’re effecting in places across the country, from San Quentin Prison to the White House.

Visit the Blog to find out more about the recently released BCSSW Magazine »

Professor Rocío Calvo Wins Spencer Grant in Education Research

OCTOBER 2 2015

Assistant Professor Rocío Calvo has secured a two-year grant worth nearly $50,000 to study BCSSW’s pioneering Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), of which Calvo is founder and director.

The grant comes from the Spencer Foundation, an organization whose stated mission is to “investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world”; the vast majority of Spencer winners are academics in the field of education. Calvo’s project takes on a special significance: As she trains a next generation of social workers to better understand our nation’s largest growing minority population through the LLI, she will also gauge the success of this very program to graduate Latino MSW degree holders, and their ability to secure the careers they aspire to following graduation. Read more about the Spencer Grant on the Blog »

BCSSW Colloquium Draws Diverse PhD Students from Across the U.S.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

This summer, BC Social Work convened a colloquium on Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity for PhD students across the country. The event, co-directed by professors Ruth McRoy and David Takeuchi, was initiated to provide advanced social work graduate students from different institutions with a space to engage in discussions about different forms of inequality, especially in relation to race.

PhD candidates came to Boston from all corners of the United States, from the University of Hawaii to the University of Chicago to Howard University. In addition to a diversity of geographic representation, the colloquium featured a variety of topics around inequality. More about BCSSW Colloquium Draws Diverse PhD Students on the Blog »

BCSSW in the News
Global Health Program Unites Disciplines

DECEMBER 16, 2014

In an increasingly global society, where health problems – and their potential solutions – often have implications far beyond the communities in which they occur, public health is fast becoming a field of great interest among colleges and universities. Boston College is a leader in training this new generation of internationally-minded problem solvers through its program in Global Public Health, offering undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework via a collaboration between the Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This semester, 67 students have been enjoying the unique opportunity to take a course team-taught by Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins and Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Sutherland. Public Health in a Global Society, the first installment in a three-course sequence, presents the topic as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention.  More about the Global Health Program »

BCSSW in the News
Under New Leader, BC Social Work Center Redefines Mission

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Boston College's innovative National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is undergoing a major transition this fall, with new leadership and an expansion of its mission to help give individuals and families greater control over the design and delivery of home and community-based services.

Richard Petty, an experienced administrator in advocacy and programs promoting independent community living for persons with disabilities, began his duties as director of the center – housed at the BC School of Social Work – after being appointed this past summer.

He succeeds Professor of Social Work Kevin Mahoney, the founding director and architect of NRCPDS, who will remain as a researcher and oversee the new center initiative focusing on behavioral health, funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  More about center's new leader »

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 »

Research Roundup

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Several faculty and students at Boston College School of Social Work have been recognized for their work on critical research studies and creative projects serving the community. While the commendations represent a diversity of subject matter and methods of inquiry, all of the projects share the same principal mission: to support work to create social change.

The scholarships, awards, and commendations are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and other organizations.  More about research roundup »

Events

2015

Commencement 2015

MAY 18, 2015
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m. — School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 139th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement (main ceremony) will start with a procession at 9:15 a.m. All graduates should be in assembly areas by 8:15 a.m. The academic procession into Alumni Stadium for the University Commencement will begin at 9:15 a.m. Family and guests should be seated by that time. This will be followed by individual School and College Diploma Ceremonies. All should be completed no later than 2:00 p.m.

The School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held following the University Commencement at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Burns Lawn (rain or shine).  More about Commencement »

Diversity + Alumni Event
Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Race and Justice"

JANUARY 9, 2015
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
2 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race and Justice," 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 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.

This year's keynote speaker will be John H. Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education.  More about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »

Collaborative Research Forum

FEBRUARY 18, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.
McGuinn 334
Please RSVP to Professor David Takeuchi at takeuchi@bc.edu

"How Neuroimaging Studies can Inform Educational Policy and Practice: The Case of Reading Disorder"

Boston College School of Social Work will kick off the spring semester's Collaborative Research Forum series with a talk by Professor Jessica Black about neuroimaging studies and how they relate to education. Lunch is provided.  More about the Collaborative Research Forum »

Chrismaldi Vasquez
Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Chrismaldi Vasquez, Associate Director of Family Independence Initiative

JANUARY 23, 2015
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Ian Witherby at witheria@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2014-2015 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Chrismaldi Vasquez is Associate Director of Family Independence Initiative, Boston, which leverages the power of information to support economic and social mobility. FII is proving that documenting and investing in the initiative and ingenuity of low-income families and communities is the most effective way forward.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Chrismaldi Vasquez »

Diversity + Alumni Event
Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Race and Justice"

JANUARY 9, 2015
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
2 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race and Justice," 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 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.

This year's keynote speaker will be John H. Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education.  More about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »

Student and potential employer.
BC Social Work Career Networking Event

November 12, 2015
6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521
2 CEUs
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

This fun annual event gives BC Social Work alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided. Drop by for all or part of the evening.

Last year over 40 alumni and 100 students attended.

Schedule  
6:00-6:30 p.m. Networking
6:30-7:00 p.m. Panel discussion
7:00-7:30 p.m. Networking


Hosted by BC Social Work Alumni Association and Career Services.

Alumni: Please RSVP to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015BCSSWnetworking by October 29.

Contact cindy.snell@bc.edu for more information.

Michael Omi
Diversity + Justice Series Speaker
Michael Omi: Racial Formation and the Future of Racial Theory

November 9, 2015
5:00–6:30 pm
McGuinn Hall Auditorium (McGuinn 121)
Open to the entire BC Community

As part of the BCSSW Diversity + Justice Series events, BC Social Work will host a presentation with Dr. Michael Omi. Michael is a sociologist and associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society that brings together scholars, policy makers, and stakeholders to eliminate barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society.

Michael is known for his collaboration with Howard Winant on the ground-breaking and classic book, Racial Formation in the United States, first published in 1986.  Michael will be speaking about the third edition of his book which has been substantially revised and recently released this year. The book is transformative with a cogent discussion and elaboration on the social construction and politics of race.  A major part of the racial formation theory is that the complex meanings of race are constantly shaped and reshaped by political struggles at the micro and macro levels.  The book helped change the scholarship about race in a number of fields including sociology, education, health, and the behavioral sciences.  Michael’s will discuss what’s “new” in the new edition, consider contemporary events through the lens of racial formation theory, and reflect on future trends in racial theory.

Co-Sponsors:  Boston College School of Social Work, African and African Diaspora Studies Program, Asian and Asian American Studies, Asian Pacific Islander Employees, Lynch School of Education, Department of Sociology and the BCSSW Center for Social Innovations as part of the City Awake Boston.

Rev. Gregory Groover
Diversity + Justice Series Event
Bearing Witness: Reflection on the Emanuel AME Church Shooting

OCTOBER 30, 2015
3:00–5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Open to the entire BC Community

This event, featuring one of the pillars of the African American community in Boston, is designed to engage all students in a conversation around some of the recent events that have challenged our perceptions of race in America, especially the shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover, Sr is the Pastor of The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church which is interwoven with the rich  history of African Americans in Boston.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover
Rev. Groover received his Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. Rev. Groover completed his doctoral work (D.Min.) at the New York Theological Seminary. As pastor of the historic Charles Street African Methodists Episcopal Church, Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover has a unique perspective to offer to the discussion.  Groover is also deeply involved in the Greater Boston community and has served as the President of the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA).

Dr. Kevin Shafer
In Quiet Desperation: Men's Mental Health and the Role of Social Work

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521
RSVP to judy.moore@bc.edu by 9/22
1.5 CEUs
Lunch Provided

Since 2011, Dr. Kevin Shafer has been an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University in 2009. He has three research foci: (1) father involvement and its effects on men, women, and children; (2) gender differences in mental health and help-seeking; and (3) the influence of stepfather-child and father-child relationships on the stepchild’s well-being. Dr. Shafer conducts this research in both the United States and Brazil. He is the principal investigator of the Survey of Contemporary Fatherhood and the BYU Men's Studies Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research group addressing men's health, well-being, and fathering.

PhD Webinar Logo
PhD Information Session Webinar

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Boston College School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our PhD programs and ask questions. The program director and current Boston College PhD students will give an overview about the program. If you are interested in participating, please register for the 2015 Webinar »

Students at the Boston College School of Social Work Barbecue, hosted by the GSSW Student Collective.
BC Social Work Student Collective Barbecue

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
5:00–7:00 p.m.
McGuinn Lawn
Rain location: McGuinn 521

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Student Collective will host a barbecue to celebrate the start of the new academic year. The entire BC Social Work community is invited to this annual informal get-together.  More about BC Social Work Student Collective Barbecue »

Two-Year Program Welcome and Field Education I

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Schedule for details.

Three-Year MSW Program Welcome

AUGUST 26, 2015
4:30–7:00 p.m.
Gasson 100, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Schedule for details.

Newly Admitted Students Reception + Resource Fair

MAY 11, 2015
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP Online by May 8, 2015

Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston College School of Social Work! Meet other admitted students, current students, faculty, and staff at this reception. Appetizers and light refreshments will be available.

More about the Newly Admitted Students Reception »

Center for Social Innovation Symposium:
Innovative Solutions for Economic Justice

MAY 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Speakers and Workshops
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
3.6 CEUs
Read the recap on our blog and see photos on Facebook and Pinterest.

The Center for Social Innovation and CSI co-directors Professors Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing are hosting the inaugural Boston College School of Social Work Innovation Symposium. The symposium will bring together three leading Boston-area innovators who are advancing practice in their fields to discuss their approaches in a dynamic, interactive workshop format. The event is open to students, faculty, alumni, and field supervisors associated with BC Social Work, as well as members of the Boston nonprofit community.

The focus of this year's symposium is to develop innovative solutions for economic justice - a key issue of our time. The speakers and workshops will examine innovative practices in using assets, the built environment, and social capital to develop and improve access to economic resources in marginalized communities.  More about Innovation Symposium »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
Salome Raheim - "Race and Justice: From Analysis to Action"

APRIL 15, 2015
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs, Breakfast buffet
REGISTRATION REQUIRED has closed.

Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW, is Dean and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and is the first African American and person of color to hold this position. She served as founding co-director of the university’s Health Disparities Institute from 2010 to 2014. She is co-founder of The Privilege Project, an international collaboration to address issues of social justice in micro and macro practice.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »

A BCSSW student speaking at the Mary Mason event
Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors

MARCH 31, 2015
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Registration Required
Students and supervisors expected to attend together

Field supervisors and their interns are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the longest serving Director of Field Education at Boston College School of Social Work. The event is an opportunity to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to our students' training and education.  More about the Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast »

Recruitment Fair
BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

MARCH 27, 2015
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, 4th Floor, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs.  More about the BC Social Work Recruitment Fair »

Black History Month Speaker
Claudette Colvin: Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement

FEBRUARY 19, 2015
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Lunch provided
RSVP Required: Please email Christine McIntosh at chris.mcintosh@bc.edu.

The BC community is invited to attend a unique event celebrating Black History Month at the Boston College School of Social Work, where civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin will present a talk on her life and her fight for social justice. The talk is one in a series of presentations during BC Social Work's 2014-2015 Diversity Focus on "Race & Justice."

In addition to being the grandmother of current MSW student Jennifer Colvin, Claudette Colvin played an important role in the civil rights movement. Nine months before Rosa Parks' famous stand for justice, she also was arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white person and move to the back of the bus. She was only 15 years old at the time.  More about the Black History Month event with Claudette Colvin »