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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 »


"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.