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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.


Immigrant Integration: Here and There

BC Social Work students and Professor Egmont during their trip to study immigrant integration
BC Social Work students traveled to England, Belgium, and France to study immigrant integration in the EU.


Westy Egmont, Research Professor and Director of the Immigrant Integration Lab, led twelve students from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work through England, Belgium, and France to study immigrant integration in the European Union (EU) this summer. The elective course, EU and U.S. Immigrant Integration: a Comparison of Social Policy, positioned students to actively research the issue of immigrant integration through a comparative analysis of immigrant integration policies and practices in the EU and the U.S.

The cohort of eight Clinical and four Macro practice students met with 25 experts in the field of immigrant integration, including government officials, social services agencies, policy developers, research leaders, and advocacy groups in Oxford, London, Brussels, and Paris. "Before taking this course I didn’t understand how all these groups worked together on the same issues, and how the economic, social, and political spheres interacted," said BC Social Work student Margaret Mason.

In Belgium students visited the immigration reception center, Bon, which provides free integration programs for people of foreign origin. Bon not only provides language and job training, which are foundational components of integration programs both in the EU and the U.S., but also provides social orientation, life career orientation, counseling, and guidance. "I was struck by how comprehensive and personalized the integration programs in Belgium were, not to mention the level of resources invested by the government. What impressed me the most was that Bon recognized that immigrants need support beyond language classes and job counseling," said BC Social Work student Sara Phillips.

Upon their return, students presented their findings and recommendations from the course to a panel of immigration policy experts including staff members from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refuge Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the Governor’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians as well as Catholic Charities and the Immigrant Learning Center at the Boston Foundation. The presentation focused on immigrant integration approaches that utilize social education, holistic person-centered programs, and the unique role of children in cultural sharing and integration. Student recommendations focused on integration models that honor multiculturalism and social inclusion.