On November 11, the university will officially recognize our name change to the Boston College School of Social Work, the original name of our school in 1936. We will mark this important event in our history by celebrating our presence at the very heart of Boston College's mission of social justice and service to others.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families are all invited to participate in the "Social Work is BC" event. More about Social Work Is BC »
NOVEMBER 7, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.
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.
Talia Rivera's experience working with youth began in 1998. She is among the leading thinkers on youth violence, gang interventions, network organizing, and street work in the City of Boston. More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Talia Rivera »
JUNE 30, 2014
This June, leaders in the field of social work across academia, research, and practice convened at the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference to discuss "Management in the Age of Innovation" at Simmons College in Boston. Throughout the course of two days, deans and directors of schools of social work engaged with executive directors and CEOs of leading organizations, while workers on the front lines shared their perspectives on how social workers can make a difference through innovation toward building organizations for change. Faculty and students studying tomorrow's best practices in management discussed the emerging skill sets needed for tomorrow's leaders. Attendees represented organizations from across the United States.
Boston College's Stephanie Berzin, PhD, associate professor in the children, youth, and families concentration at the Graduate School of Social Work, served as the conference's program chair, an opportunity which she called "a wonderful experience."
"Using my own social innovation work as the platform for the conference theme," she explained, "I challenged presenters to consider how social work can be a major contributor to the social innovation dialogue. BC continues to be a leader in this field, developing research and curriculum to promote social innovation, and this conference was an opportunity to share our expertise and to lead the conversation."
Talks centered on how various professionals can collaborate toward solving some of the world’s most imminent societal issues, and do so while implementing both traditional practice and innovative ideas. One panel on leadership shared their perspectives on how to lead for change, compelling their audience to think about the challenges and opportunities, attached to collaboration.
"I was impressed with how easy it was to sustain a compelling conversation on innovation and management in our field," said Tiziana Dearing, associate professor of macro practice, who moderated a panel on the future of management.
"At the end of the day, we reflected on both what we're good at (i.e., flexibility and prevention), and what's coming down the pike that we're not yet ready for (i.e., risk-based contracting and understanding how to support fathers). These were an enlightening two days that corresponded perfectly with the themes that we care about at BC Social Work, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue into the future."