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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 »


Commencement 2017

MAY 22, 2017
9:05 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–1:30 p.m. — School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 141st Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, 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 9:05 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).  More about Commencement »

New Student Reception
New Student Reception 2017

Monday May 1, 2017
4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room 

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We look forward to meeting you at the Newly Admitted Student Reception where you will have an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and fellow incoming students. Representatives from the housing, financial aid, field education and advising center offices will be there to answer all your questions!

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Elaine Pinderhughes
Pinderhughes Diversity + Justice Lecture

APRIL 21, 2017
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Shea Room, Conte Forum
Breakfast Buffet, 2.00 CEUs

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 »

BCSSW Student thanking her field advisor at Mary Mason Appreciation Event
Mary Mason Field Supervisor Appreciation Breakfast

APRIL 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
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.

Diversity + Alumni Event
RISE3 Symposium – The Opportunity Project:
Access to Childcare and Transportation

March 30, 2017
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room (4th floor). See maps and directions.

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Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
The symposium offers 2.5 CEUs 

THE OPPORTUNITY PROJECT: ACCESS TO CHILDCARE AND TRANSPORTATION is the result of a collaboration RISE3 joined in 2016, launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to use open data in order to expand access to opportunity. The Opportunity Project will release two research reports examining whether and how race, economic status and geographic location affect access to transportation and child care options, and the relative time and money spent to use them. With funding from the BC Offices of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, and at the invitation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the RISE3 team used multiple federal data sets to take a look at the intersection of race, place and income and how they affect these core family resources. The symposium will combine federal, state and local-level discussions about child care and transportation with release of new data.

For Questions: 
Please contact Nicole Ng at or call 617- 552-2037

For more event information and program agenda »  

Recruitment Fair

MARCH 24, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 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.

Black History Month Presentation

FEBRUARY 24, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521

Chaplain Clementina Chéry Founder, President & CEO Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

The BC community is invited to attend a unique event celebrating Black History Month at the Boston College School of Social Work. The talk is one in a series of presentations during BC Social Work's 2016-2017 Diversity Focus on "Women." See speaker bio »

Diversity + Alumni Event
Diversity and Alumni Awards Conference

JANUARY 27, 2017
3:30–7:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall 100 , Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.

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Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
1.5 CEUs offered

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend an afternoon conference 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.

See Alumni Awardees, Keynote speaker and conference schedule.

View Alumni Awardees video interview.