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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.


Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2014

Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients
The recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. First photo: Erin McAleer, MSW '05, center. Second photo: Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01, third from left.

MARCH 4, 2014

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College Graduate School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession.

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award is Erin McAleer, MSW '05. McAleer currently serves as Director of Cabinet Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's office, working on policy issues for his Secretariats. Most recently, she was legislative director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), providing legislative strategy to the Secretary and the fifteen agencies under the Secretariat. Prior to that, McAleer served as chief of staff to the Department of Transitional Assistance advising the Commissioner in deciding strategic, policy, program, budget, and service provision issues.  See full bio »

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01. Vosburg-Casey works primarily as an advocate for justice for those in the criminal system in Georgia. She currently works as an attorney at the Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center in Atlanta. The Georgia Resource Center (GRC), as it is known, is a nonprofit organization charged with assuring that all people sentenced to death in the State of Georgia receive effective legal representation for the duration of their appeals and clemency proceedings.  See full bio »

Distinguished Alumni Awards Video