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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.


BC Social Work Faculty Attend White House Briefing

BC Social Work faculty at the White House Briefing.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

On September 25 the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) hosted the White House briefing, "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education." Professors James Lubben, Ruth McRoy, and Marylou Sudders attended as representatives of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

The briefing explored the role of social work education within the context of the nation's shifting demographics and the provision of health care for all, the implications of and expectations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), national policies for mental health services, and the development of a health care workforce to meet the needs of the nation. The event featured officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 140 leaders from the social work education, social work, mental and behavioral health, and health care communities attended the briefing.

"The health care briefing at the White House highlighted social work's critical role in addressing the broad spectrum of health needs of youth, adults, and elders," said Professor Marylou Sudders. "Emphasis was put on the key roles social workers will play in addressing health care disparities as well as performing important patient navigator and clinical care management roles as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act."

Read more about this White House meeting in the NASW Social Work Blog »