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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.


Conference Spotlights PhD Research

Photos from the Boston College Multidisciplinary PhD Research Development Day on March 4, 2011.

MARCH 4, 2011

"The Multidisciplinary Research Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase doctoral student scholarship from the three schools. The event creates an intellectual space and time for students and faculty to make new acquaintances, share ideas through dialogue, and raise questions about a variety of research topics."
—Danny G. Willis, PhD, Multidisciplinary Research Day co-chair, Connell School of Nursing

Boston College's doctoral students were in the spotlight at the University's Annual Multidisciplinary PhD Research Development Day on March 4, 2011, in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

The event featured PhD research from the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), Lynch School of Education (LSOE), and Connell School of Nursing (CSON), in paper and poster formats. Projects presented included:

  • "Development of an Agitation Scale for Use with Acute Presentation Behavioral Management Patients" by Tania Strout (CSON)
  • "Exploring the Development of Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Widowed and Deserted Women through Self-Help Microcredit Groups: The Case of Rural South India" by Chrisann Newransky (GSSW)
  • "Parent Educational Involvement and Student Achievement: Disentangling Models of Parent Socialization and Child Evocative Efforts Across Development" by Christine Ciprano (LSOE, CDEP)
  • "Early Maternal Employment and Childhood Obesity: Long-term Effects of Timing and Child Care" by Caitlin McPherran (LSOE, CDEP).

Kicking off the event was a keynote address by Rocio Calvo, PhD, GSSW doctoral program graduate and adjunct faculty member. Dr. Calvo has extensive experience in Ecuador working with migrant and refugee populations, and her research focuses on how social welfare policy influences the integration of immigrants into host populations. She completed her dissertation in 2009, entitled: "A Cross-National Examination of the Welfare State as an Agent of Immigrant Incorporation." She is currently doing post-doc work at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Dr. Calvo will join the GSSW as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2011.

Abby Schwartz, MGS, MSW from the Graduate School of Social work said, "The conference allows us to learn about other students' work but also just to meet other graduate students outside of our own school, which doesn’t happen frequently. By meeting other students in different disciplines, not only do we share our ideas, but also learn how to expand them in an interdisciplinary manner."