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Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2016

JANUARY 21, 2016

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to  Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and  Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.

Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
 See bio »

Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence.  See bio »  

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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 »



"Diversity and Alumni Awards"

JANUARY 8, 2016
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.
3.25 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Race + 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 William Gross, Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department.  More about the Diversity & Alumni Awards Conference »

"BC Social Work Career Day"

JANUARY 14, 2016
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

For Final Year Students: A half-day event to kick off your last semester at Boston College School of Social Work! The event includes an overview of the job search, a resume and cover letter writing workshop, and a panel of alumni who will share their career experiences. Continental breakfast provided.

"Social Work Licensure Workshop"
JANUARY 28, 2016
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McElroy Commons, Conference Room 237


A member from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work will explain the social work licensure process in Massachusetts. While they will not be able to answer specific questions about requirements in other states, the process is similar enough in other states (except California) to make it worthwhile to attend for students looking to practice outside of Massachusetts.

Contact Career Services for more informaiton

"Sustainable Matters"
January 29, 2016
12:00–1:00 p.m.
McGuinn 5th Floor Conference Room
RSVP Requested

Gautam N. Yadama, Ph.D., Professor at Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis and Asst. Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-India, will be the featured guest at the BCSSW Speakers Series. Dr. Yadama will discuss his research that focuses on understanding the social and environmental challenges of rural poor in the regions of South Asia and China. His research also examines the interconnection and interdependent nature of households and communities; there is a particular focus on solutions to improve the social, economic, environmental and health outcomes.  More about Professor Yadama »

"Black History Month Speaker: High Roads, Low Roads, and In Between
Professor Charles F. Smith Jr."

FEBRUARY 25, 2016
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP Required
*Lunch provided


The BC community is invited to attend a unique event celebrating Black History Month at the Boston College School of Social Work. Boston College's first tenured black faculty member, Charles F. Smith, Jr., (Lynch School of Education) will present a talk on his life and his enduring passion to fight for social justice titled, "High Roads, Low Roads, and In Between". The talk is one in a series of presentations during BC Social Work's 2015-2016 Diversity Focus on "Race & Justice."

More about the Black History Month event with Charles F. Smith, Jr. »

"Commencement 2016"
MAY 23, 2016
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 140th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, 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 9:05 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). The ceremony will feature a welcome from Dean Alberto Godenzi and greetings from a student, an alum, and Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover, Sr., Pastor of Boston's Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. More about Commencement »

"Newly Admitted Students Reception + Resource Fair"
MAY 9, 2016
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP Online by May 6, 2016

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 through Unlikely Alliances"

MAY 6, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lyons Hall
4.5 CEUs

Register for the Symposium

The Center for Social Innovation, CSI co-directors Professors Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing, and the BCSSW Macro Student Group are hosting its 2nd annual Boston College School of Social Work Innovation Symposium. The symposium will bring together four leading Boston-area innovators to share what they've learned in an interactive 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 “Innovative Solutions through Unlikely Alliances.” It offers an opportunity to explore the role of collaboration in innovative social change via corporate social responsibility, collective impact, and multidisciplinary teams. It also offers the chance to reflect on the challenges and opportunities afforded by collaboration, especially across a diverse range of industries, practices and organizations.  More about Innovation Symposium »

"Adoption and Foster Care: Re-Envisioning Family--237 and Counting"
APRIL 15, 2016
3:00–5:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521
2 CEUs
RSVP Required
*Light Refreshments will be served

The BC community is invited to join us for a panel discussion with BCSSW Student Eric Charette MSW '16, his mother Mary Jane, and some of his siblings. They will share the remarkable story of their family's adoption of 9 children, legal guardianship of 5 others, and providing foster care for 237 children since 1979.

The event will be moderated by Adam Pertman, President and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. This event is hosted by the CYF concentration, the Special Interest Group on Adoption and Foster Care, and Social Workers for Social Justice at BCSSW.

More about the adoption and foster care event »

"Pinderhughes Diversity + Justice Lecture"
April 13, 2016
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Breakfast Buffet, 1.25 CEUs
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by April 8, 2016

The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series honors the distinguished career of Professor Emeritus Elaine Pinderhughes, whose vision, voice, and compassion enriched the Boston College School of Social Work. Professor Pinderhughes was honored by the Council on Social Work Education with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education for her impact as a scholar, role model, and mentor to countless faculty and practitioners.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series »

"Recruitment Fair"
APRIL 1, 2016
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 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.

This event is open to BC Social Work students and alumni only. IDs are required.

"Mary Mason Field Supervisor Appreciation Breakfast"
March 29, 2016
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 »

MARCH 17, 2016
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Merkert 130
RSVP Required
*Lunch provided

The BC community is invited to attend an event with UT Austin Professor Yolanda C. Padilla and Director of the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, a center at the Council on Social Work Education. Padilla will present a talk titled, "Practice Behaviors that Matter: Latina Perceptions of the Health Care System." This event is hosted by BC Social Work's Latino Leadership Initiative.

More about the event with Yolanda C. Padilla »

"Social Innovation Day 2016"
APRIL 11, 2016
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Barat House, Newton Campus

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. More about Social Innovation Day »

"Two-Year MSW Program Orientation"
August 30, 2016
8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule for details.

"Three-Year MSW Student Orientation"
AUGUST 24, 2016
4:30–7:30 p.m.
Gasson 100, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule for details.

"Orientation for Field Supervisors"
AUGUST 19, 2014
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121

Presentation and breakout sessions.  More about Orientation for Field Supervisors »

"Diversity + Field Education Day"
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

A conversation about Powerful Women for students and faculty with agency leaders, followed by Field Education Orientation for all students scheduled to begin Field Education I.  More about Diversity + Field Education Day »