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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.


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)