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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

GSSW in the News
Fellowship Highlights Immigrant Integration Lab's First Year

IIL Fellow Lyndsey McMahan
Lyndsey McMahan, Immigrant Integration Lab Fellow. (Photo by Caitlin Cunningham)

JANUARY 21, 2014

Officially launched during the 2012-2013 academic year, the Graduate School of Social Work’s Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) — which provides resources, studies and leadership for efforts on immigrant integration — has enjoyed a productive first year: Its activities included helping sponsor major campus events such as a naturalization ceremony held as part of the University’s Sesquicentennial celebration, and a seminar on opportunities and obstacles for immigrant children in education.

Another major IIL initiative saw the awarding of the first Immigrant Integration Lab Fellowship to Lyndsey McMahan MSW '14. A native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, McMahan worked with Lutheran Social Services (LSS) immigrant legal services and their staff attorney Erin Fricker, a 2010 Law School alumna, to identify resources for meeting basic needs of formerly detained asylum applicants.

McMahan, who completed her term as IIL Fellow last fall, said the experience offered a disquieting insight into the lives of those who are caught in a bureaucratic limbo. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »