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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 »

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