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Social Work Is BC: A School Celebration

NOVEMBER 11, 2014
6:00–8:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
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Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

On November 11, the university will officially recognize our name change to the Boston College School of Social Work, the original name of our school in 1936. We will mark this important event in our history by celebrating our presence at the very heart of Boston College's mission of social justice and service to others.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families are all invited to participate in the "Social Work is BC" event.  More about Social Work Is BC »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Talia Rivera, Network Manager at Council on Foundations

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
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 witheria@bc.edu to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.

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.

Talia Rivera's experience working with youth began in 1998. She is among the leading thinkers on youth violence, gang interventions, network organizing, and street work in the City of Boston.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Talia Rivera »

News

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)