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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

"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 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 »


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 »