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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 »


Center on Aging & Work Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant

JUNE 23, 2011

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, a research center of the Graduate School of Social Work, has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to research the effectiveness of flexible time and place management strategies to maximize productivity from an age-diverse workforce. This is the Center's third multi-million dollar grant since 2005.

"Older workers are now the fastest growing segment of America's labor force," explains Center Director and GSSW Associate Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes. Over the past six years, the Center has conducted research that has highlighted the value of older workers, the diverse work experiences of today's multi-generational workforce in countries around the world, and gaps in employer preparedness for the aging workforce. With the receipt of this new grant, the Center will now focus on gathering evidence about business-relevant outcomes associated with flexible time and place management policies.

"The aging of the workforce is one of the profound social issues which have an impact on organizational effectiveness," observes Alberto Godenzi, Dean of the BC GSSW. "We are delighted that the Sloan Center will have this opportunity to focus its rigorous research on workplace practices that can add value to productivity while also enhancing the quality of employment available to people of all ages."