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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 »

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 »

News

International Learning

 

JANUARY 31, 2010

This January, Penny Alexander, Director of the GSSW International Program, together with 13 students from the "Changing Roles of Women & Children" course travelled to Lesotho, Africa. There they met with social service agencies, and faculty and students from the National University at Lesotho School of Social Work. They visited a children's village where at-risk children are given care. Through the Habitat for Humanity Lesotho project students also helped in the construction of a house for orphaned children and their families.

Student Reflections

"Developing countries are often portrayed in the media and popular American culture as problems to be dealt with, examples of what not to do, and sources of pity and self-serving projects to make us feel better about ourselves. However, our engagement with local individuals in Lesotho and South Africa reinforced for me how backwards these ideas are, and how imperative it is that we, as a nation and also as individuals, take the time to listen to the people whose lives we are affecting."
—Sara Hudson, MSW '11

"What I found most impactful about this trip was being able to put names and faces along with the information that we had been learning in class about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the children who have been made orphans due to this disease."
—Shari LauRent, MSW '10

"My favorite memory was going to the Lesotho Child Care Unit, a place for children who have been abused by family members or caretakers, and our playing and connecting with the kids there. Seeing how positive and happy they were was truly a joy."
—Dwayne Bartholomew, MSW '10