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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.


Promoting Personal Choice in Long-Term Services and Supports

Activity slides from the Partnerships Project orientation
Activity slides at the orientation for the new Partnerships Project.

OCTOBER 18, 2013

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), a research center within the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) hosted an orientation to kick off their Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports Project. The Partnerships Project will infuse participant-directed and person-centered competencies into the social work classroom and field curricula within social work programs and the Aging and Disability Network organizations in eight U.S. states and New York City, equipping a cohort of future social workers with the knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate participant-directed and person-centered services. Participant-directed and person-centered services help people of all ages and types of disabilities to maintain their independence and determine for themselves the long-term services and supports that work best for them.

The orientation, held at Boston College in September, welcomed representatives from participating social work programs and aging and disability network organizations. The day began with welcoming remarks from Alberto Godenzi, Dean of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, followed by presentations and sessions led by Kevin Mahoney, Professor and Director of the NRCPDS; Nancy Hooyman from the CSWE; Casey DeLuca, Associate Director of Training at NRCPDS; and Mark Sciegaj, Senior Consultant for Training and Research at NRCPDS.

"This meeting launched a pioneering effort to prepare future social workers in person-centered planning and participant-directed concepts and practices," said Mahoney. "This effort, growing out of social work’s basic principles and informed by recent research, has the potential to re-shape core competency frameworks. The work of these nine social work programs, and their agency partners, will hopefully play a vital role in preparing social workers for the challenges of reforming America’s health care system."

The Partnerships Project is funded by the New York Community Trust through the NRCPDS and CSWE and will be implemented over a three-year period from 2013 through 2016. The project will be piloted across eight states and New York City and will be used as a national model to rebalance long-term services and supports to be more person-centered and supportive of living in the community.

Learn more about the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services »