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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

BC Social Work Offers Latino Leadership Initiative Program

"En un futuro no muy lejano estará muy valorado el poder trabajar con clientes Latinos en su propia lengua" *

JANUARY 15, 2013

By mid-century, the majority of the U.S. population will be made up of minorities, predominantly Latinos. On average, people with Latino backgrounds are disproportionally affected by low educational attainment and fewer financial resources. As a consequence, their families and communities often struggle with poverty and access to jobs and basic services. Hence, social workers are increasingly called to promote social change with and on behalf of this growing and diverse population. Yet in 2009, the CSWE Task Force on Latino/as in Social Work Education said that "the field of social work is unprepared for the rapid growth in the Latino/a population."

In response to this call, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work established a Latino Leadership Initiative program (LLI). The new offering, within the MSW program, bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities here and abroad. Some foundation and method courses will be taught in Spanish.

"We at the GSSW will strengthen our efforts to attract students from Hispanic backgrounds while at the same time increasing cultural awareness and Spanish language skills of students with different backgrounds," explains Dean Alberto Godenzi. "The courses will familiarize students with the realities of Latino life in the U.S. and their respective home countries."

Assistant Professor Rocio Calvo, a native of Spain who worked in Latin America prior to joining BC, believes "in the not too distant future, it will be a real asset to be able to engage and collaborate with Latino clients in their native language." Adding a second language to the portfolio of graduating students deepens empathy and expands imagination, both core principles of a Jesuit education.

LLI courses carry the same credits as courses taught in English. Students interested in taking an LLI course are required to pass a Spanish proficiency exam.

*"In the not too distant future, it will be a real asset to be able to engage and collaborate with Latino clients in
their native language"

Learn more about the Latino Leadership Initiative Program »
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