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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.


Graduate School of Social Work Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. (Photo by Justin Knight)

MARCH 26, 2013

Boston College welcomed 94 new American citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on March 21, 2013.

U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. '69, P'11'09, presided at the ceremony, and the Invocation was given by Terrence P. Devino, S.J., Vice President and University Secretary of Boston College, and Chair of the Boston College Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Remarks were made by William P. Leahy, S.J., President of Boston College; Alberto Godenzi, Dean of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work; and Westy Egmont, Director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Also participating in the ceremony were Samantha Stoutenburg, Clerk, Office of U.S. District Court; Denis Riordan, Director, USCIS District 1, U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services; and Kudzai Taziva, Vice President of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College. President Barack Obama offered video remarks and congratulations to the new citizens. Boston College's ROTC and student musical group BC bOp! also participated in the ceremony.

Dean Godenzi spoke with the Boston College Chronicle about why hosting a Naturalization Ceremony is a great fit for GSSW. "Social work is all about inclusion and empowerment. There is something unique about experiencing this moment, when people from all walks of life collectively embrace the values of the nation. We wanted to bring this ceremony to BC to be witnessed by the students, faculty, and staff of Boston College."

Watch the highlight video of the ceremony and reception »
See the slideshow from the Boston Globe »
Read "BC Freshman Happy to Be Among Newest US Citizens" from the Boston College Chronicle »
Watch the video, "Fellow Citizen" »
Event program and official event webpage »