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Boston College School of Social Work


Collaborative Research Forum

FEBRUARY 18, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.
McGuinn 334
Please RSVP to Professor David Takeuchi at

"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 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 »


The NRCPDS Partners with Veterans Health Administration

NOVEMBER 16, 2010

Veterans of all ages with disabilities will gain additional support in 28 states under a new program designed to help them live independently, with more choice and control over the services they receive in their homes. Through a contract with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) will provide training and assistance to VA Medical Centers that are implementing participant-directed services for Veterans.

"We are proud to be a part of helping America's Veterans maintain their independence and preserve their quality of life," said Kevin J. Mahoney, PhD, director of the NRCPDS and a professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College.The NRCPDS at Boston College is the only national center of its kind that helps people of all ages and disabilities get the support they need to live as independently as possible. The Center provides research, policy, training and assistance for participant-directed programs. In addition, NRCPDS has a National Participant Network that works with these programs to ensure that they are designed and implemented with the needs and preferences of the individual at their core. The Center will offer a wide variety of training and technical assistance to staff at VA Medical Centers for the benefit of Veterans in the VD-HCBS Programs.

Roughly 7.8 million of our nation's 23 million Veterans are enrolled in the VA for health care. In addition to the growing aging Veteran population who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the number of young and severely injured Veterans returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who need support at home continues to rise.