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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 takeuchi@bc.edu

"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 witheria@bc.edu 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 »

News

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.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

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.