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Boston College School of Social Work


BC Social Work Career Networking Event

November 12, 2015
6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521
2 CEUs
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

This fun annual event gives BC Social Work alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided. Drop by for all or part of the evening.

Last year over 40 alumni and 100 students attended.

6:00-6:30 p.m. Networking
6:30-7:00 p.m. Panel discussion
7:00-7:30 p.m. Networking

Hosted by BC Social Work Alumni Association and Career Services.

Alumni: Please RSVP to by October 29.

Contact for more information.

Diversity + Justice Series Speaker
Michael Omi: Racial Formation and the Future of Racial Theory

November 9, 2015
5:00–6:30 pm
McGuinn Hall Auditorium (McGuinn 121)
Open to the entire BC Community

As part of the BCSSW Diversity + Justice Series events, BC Social Work will host a presentation with Dr. Michael Omi. Michael is a sociologist and associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society that brings together scholars, policy makers, and stakeholders to eliminate barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society.

Michael is known for his collaboration with Howard Winant on the ground-breaking and classic book, Racial Formation in the United States, first published in 1986.  Michael will be speaking about the third edition of his book which has been substantially revised and recently released this year. The book is transformative with a cogent discussion and elaboration on the social construction and politics of race.  A major part of the racial formation theory is that the complex meanings of race are constantly shaped and reshaped by political struggles at the micro and macro levels.  The book helped change the scholarship about race in a number of fields including sociology, education, health, and the behavioral sciences.  Michael’s will discuss what’s “new” in the new edition, consider contemporary events through the lens of racial formation theory, and reflect on future trends in racial theory.

Co-Sponsors:  Boston College School of Social Work, African and African Diaspora Studies Program, Asian and Asian American Studies, Asian Pacific Islander Employees, Lynch School of Education, Department of Sociology and the BCSSW Center for Social Innovations as part of the City Awake Boston.


"Outstanding Scholar in Adoption" Awarded to Professor Ruth McRoy

OCTOBER 2, 2010

Professor Ruth McRoy, the Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been chosen to receive the SJU "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award." This award recognizes scholars with substantial contribution to the field of adoption and whose research and publications have substantially advanced our understanding of issues affecting the adoption community. Those who receive this award may be professional researchers, academics, or others who make meaningful contributions to the literature and knowledge in this discipline.

Professor McRoy has been an academician, researcher, practitioner, trainer, and lecturer in the field for over 30 years. McRoy's work has focused on topics such as open adoption, adoptive family recruitment, racial identity development, family preservation, adolescent pregnancy, African American families, kinship care, and dis-proportionality in child welfare. 

The "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award" will be presented at the sixth biennial adoption conference at St. John's University, October 14-16th, 2010. The conference theme, "The Ethics of Adoption in the 21st Century," will highlight emerging changes in the practice of adoption since the start of the new century.