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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.


Professor Rowland to receive Louis Lowy Award 

APRIL 28, 2010

The Mass Gerontology Association will present Associate Professor Richard Rowland with the Louis Lowy Award at the Annual Meeting of the Association on May 6, 2010 at the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. Professor Rowland teaches Macro Practice in the Older Adults & Families, Health and Mental Health Concentrations.

The Mass. Gerontology Association Louis Lowy Award was created in memory of Louis Lowy the founder of MGA. Louis Lowy was a pioneer in the gerontology field, a holocaust survivor and a long time professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Dick Rowland was one of Professor Lowy's students at the BU School of Social Work.

The criteria for this award is a lifetime of leadership and measurable contributions to the field. â Dick not only teaches theory, practice, and programs, but also exposes his students to the actual workings of legislative bargaining and what it takes to be successful,â said James J. Callahan, Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Dick Rowland started as an advocate for low-income populations during the Great Society years of the 1960s. He then went to work for the Mass Association of Older Americans and the Legislative Council of Older Americans as the association's person on Beacon Hill. In 1983, Governor Dukakis named him Secretary of Elder Affairs where he advocated for better programs for elders, increased financing for local councils of aging (grassroots), and higher salaries for the employees of home care agencies. He taught at UMASS Boston in a special program to educate older persons to be effective advocates in their own right.