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Newly Admitted Students Reception & Resource Fair

MAY 12, 2014
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP by May 9, 2014

Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston College Graduate 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 »

Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast

APRIL 1, 2014
9:30 a.m.–Noon
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
2 CEUs
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by March 24, 2014

Field supervisors and their interns are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the longest serving Director of Field Education at Boston College Graduate 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 Breakfast »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
Mary Catherine Bateson: "On the Work of Societal Healing"

MARCH 28, 2014
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by March 25, 2014

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. Bateson's books include With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson and the best-selling Composing a Life. Her most recent book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, focuses on the contributions of engaged older adults and was written to raise consciousness of the changing life cycle and to encourage older adults to claim a voice for the future.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Andrea Perry, Executive Director of YouthConnect

MARCH 28, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. 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.

Andrea Perry is Executive Director of YouthConnect at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Andrea Perry »

BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

MARCH 21, 2014
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 Graduate 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 »

News

To see where our faculty have provided commentary or been recognized for their contributions and expertise in their field, view Faculty in the News »
BC Social Work Students Present at Grad Talks

APRIL 11, 2014

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was proud to have four students selected to present at Grad Talks, Boston College’s version of TED Talks. On Wednesday, April 2nd, BC Social Work students Kevin McCarthy, Patricia Yu, Lynne Wanamaker, and Maeve Kennedy Gormly joined six other Boston College graduate students from across disciplines to present their topics of interest and expertise to a captivated audience.  Read more about BC Social Work's Grad Talks Presenters »

GSSW in the News
Ruth McRoy Receives Two Honors as Child Advocate and Distinguished Alumna

APRIL 7, 2014

Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth McRoy has been chosen to receive two honors: a Child Advocate of the Year Award by the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the 2014 Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and its alumni organization, the Social Work Alumni Network.

A member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty since 2009, McRoy is a nationally recognized expert on adoption-related issues. Earlier this year McRoy was appointed to Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Adoption Task Force. She has contributed her expertise to the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, leading a research team in studies on barriers to adoption and factors associated with successful special needs adoptions. McRoy now directs a team conducting a 10-year evaluation of AdoptUSKids.

"Throughout my social work career, I have been focused on trying to find ways to improve our child welfare system and most importantly, to improve outcomes for children and families," said McRoy. "Every child deserves a permanent family."  More about Ruth McRoy's Two Honors »

GSSW in the News
Workplace Flexibility Gets Renewed Attention

APRIL 2, 2014

Research on workplace flexibility by Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work has recently been highlighted nationally.

Pitt-Catsouphes spoke with Forbes magazine about the struggles of Americans balancing work and the care of elderly parents. Flexible schedules are an option, but Pitt-Catsouphes said, "it's important that flexibility be viewed as a resource rather than a break—and that employees demonstrate to managers that they're approaching it as a way to maintain strong professional performance even while dealing with a family crisis."

In another recent article featured in the Boston College Chronicle, Pitt-Catsouphes noted that flexible work options are out of reach for most employees or are limited in size and scope. In a new study by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work, where Pitt-Catsouphes serves as director, she and her research collaborators examined the flexible work arrangements of 545 U.S. employers and found that only one in five companies offered more than one approach to workplace flexibility, despite the fact that different employees need different options.  More about Workplace Flexibility »

Promotion Announcement

MARCH 26, 2014

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, PhD, has been promoted to Professor. Pitt-Catsouphes teaches in the Older Adults & Families concentration. She directs the Sloan Center on Aging & Work and is the founder and co-director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Her research focuses on social justice in the workplace, including quality of employment; older workers; multi-generational workforce; and work-family issues. Pitt-Catsouphes is currently co-principal investigator for the field experiment, the Time and Place Management Study, which is examining the outcomes of an intervention offering flexible work options to work units at a large health care organization.

GSSW in the News
International Social Welfare Program Aims to Promote 'Brain Exchange'

MARCH 13, 2014

Boston College's innovative international doctoral program in social welfare, built around a partnership arrangement with Jesuit universities in Mexico and South America, is comfortably in stride mid-way through its second year of operation.

The first two students to enroll in the program – both from Mexican universities – are on the BC campus this academic year, with a second cohort slated to arrive in the fall and a third to be admitted shortly.

"We are very pleased with the progress thus far," said the program's director, Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor James Lubben of the Graduate School of Social Work, which houses the program. "Interest in the program at our current partner universities is very high, and several more Jesuit institutions in Latin America and Spain will be joining the partnership, or have expressed interest in doing so.  More about International Social Welfare Program Aims to Promote 'Brain Exchange' »

Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2014

MARCH 4, 2014

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College Graduate School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession.

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award is Erin McAleer, MSW '05, Director of Cabinet Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. This year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01, Attorney, Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center.  More about Distinguished Alumni »

GSSW in the News
Gubernatorial Candidate Touts Social Work's Role in Health Care at BC Social Work Forum

FEBRUARY 27, 2014

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker Jr., speaking at a Graduate School of Social Work forum Monday, endorsed the social work profession as a key player in health care reform.

"When I think of social workers, I think of problem-solvers," said Baker, former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, lauding social workers’ ability to "stitch clinical and social service issues together with real-life implications."

"They deal with the complexity of problems that don’t fit neatly into categories."

Baker was the keynote speaker at "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice," organized by GSSW to examine the potential roles and challenges for social workers in the wake of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An audience of nearly 300, most of them social work professionals and academics, filled the Corcoran Commons Heights Room for the event, which also featured a panel discussion moderated by National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain PhD ’01, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.  More about gubernatorial candidate at forum »

GSSW in the News
Baker to Address GSSW Forum on Health Care Reform

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker Jr. will present the keynote address at a February 24 forum on health care reform sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work.

In addition to the talk by Baker, the event will feature a panel discussion on the roles social workers can – and should – play as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins to exert a greater influence on the health care landscape. National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain, PhD ’01, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, will serve as moderator.  More about Baker's address at the Health Care Reform forum »

GSSW in the News
BC Social Work Student Gets Invite to 'Ellen Show'

FEBRUARY 14, 2014

To say that the phone call Boston College graduate student Liz D’Onofrio got last fall was memorable, would be an understatement. The caller was talk show host, comedian, and actress Ellen DeGeneres, who reached out to D’Onofrio after she had posted the following on her facebook page: "I just answered an unknown number because I actually thought it might be Ellen DeGeneres. I never, ever want to miss that call."  More about Grad Student Gets Invite »

GSSW in the News
Pope Francis as Social Innovator

JANUARY 23, 2014

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing, co-chair of the Social Innovation Policy Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Blog, posits that Pope Francis is the world's greatest social innovator.  More about Pope Francis as Social Innovator »

GSSW in the News
Fellowship Highlights Immigrant Integration Lab's First Year

JANUARY 21, 2014

Officially launched during the 2012-2013 academic year, the Graduate School of Social Work’s Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) — which provides resources, studies and leadership for efforts on immigrant integration — has enjoyed a productive first year.

A major IIL initiative saw the awarding of the first Immigrant Integration Lab Fellowship to Lyndsey McMahan MSW ’14.  More about the Fellowship »

BC Social Work Welcomes New Head of the Social Work Library

JANUARY 13, 2014

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to welcome Won “Hannah” Ha as the new Head of the Social Work Library. BC Social Work is one of only twelve social work schools nationwide and the only social work school in New England to maintain its own Social Work Library.  More about New Head of the Social Work Library »

BC Social Work Serves as Networking Hub

JANUARY 6, 2014

The current issue of BC Social Work Magazine showcases a series of networking initiatives launched by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The school has become a networking hub, building bridges with people and communities towards a humane, just, and sustainable world.  More about BC Social Work networking hub »