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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 »


New Faculty Appointment in Health & Mental Health Concentration

Summer Sherburne Hawkins
Summer Sherburne Hawkins

JUNE 29, 2012

"There are many parallels between public health and social work and I look forward to bringing an epidemiological perspective to the School."
—Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Summer Sherburne Hawkins will join the Health & Mental Health Concentration as an assistant professor this fall. Hawkins is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on examining the impact of policies on disparities in maternal and child health. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of London, her MS in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University, and her bachelor's degree in Biopsychology from Vassar College.

Last September, Hawkins started a K99/R00 award through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development based at the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2009 through 2011, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Harvard. Hawkins is the author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Preventive Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.