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In Quiet Desperation: Men's Mental Health and the Role of Social Work

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521
RSVP to by 9/22
1.5 CEUs
Lunch Provided

Since 2011, Dr. Kevin Shafer has been an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University in 2009. He has three research foci: (1) father involvement and its effects on men, women, and children; (2) gender differences in mental health and help-seeking; and (3) the influence of stepfather-child and father-child relationships on the stepchild’s well-being. Dr. Shafer conducts this research in both the United States and Brazil. He is the principal investigator of the Survey of Contemporary Fatherhood and the BYU Men's Studies Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research group addressing men's health, well-being, and fathering.

PhD Information Session Webinar

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Boston College School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our PhD programs and ask questions. The program director and current Boston College PhD students will give an overview about the program. If you are interested in participating, please register for the 2015 Webinar »


Comparison of European and U.S. Social Policy and Practice

The GSSW Immigrant Integration class in Paris.
The GSSW Immigrant Integration class met at the Peace Monument before visiting the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Champs de Mars, Paris.

NOVEMBER 1, 2012

Visiting Professor Westy Egmont, Director of the new Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), led a group of ten graduate students on a summer elective course to Europe where they took a closer look at the policies and practices of immigrant integration in the European Union (EU). The group of four macro and six clinical practice students met with social service agencies, government officials, and advocacy groups in Oxford, London, Brussels, and Paris to learn more about the immigration challenges facing the EU.

Students held an active role in their own educational experience by leading class discussions, giving agency debriefings, and participating in conversations with agency leaders. As GSSW ambassadors and advocates for human rights, the students helped foster a dialogue around best practices and policies to promote immigrant integration throughout all facets of society.

As part of their final course project, GSSW students were invited to give a formal presentation at the Massachusetts State Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI). A group of experts in the field of immigration that included Denis Riordan, head of the Northeast Office of the US Office of Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS); Ron Marlow of the Governor's Office; and Executive Director Eva Millona from the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition gathered to hear the students' findings and recommendations for enhancing current immigrant integration strategies in the United States. GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi, in his concluding remarks at the meeting, expressed his enthusiasm for the addition of the IIL as part of the school's commitment to human rights and diversity.

Immigrant Integration Summer Immersion Class Site Visits, Summer 2012 (PDF)