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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 »


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 »