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Boston College School of Social Work


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 Students Present at Grad Talks


APRIL 11, 2014

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was proud to have four students selected to present at Grad Talks, Boston College’s version of TED Talks. On Wednesday, April 2nd, BC Social Work students Kevin McCarthy, Patricia Yu, Lynne Wanamaker, and Maeve Kennedy Gormly joined six other Boston College graduate students from across disciplines to present their topics of interest and expertise to a captivated audience.

Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy spoke on the importance of focusing more resources on treatment for substance use disorders and developing long-term treatment plans to address substance abuse and recovery, for what can be understood to be a public health epidemic.

Patricia Yu
Human Rights of the Immigrant Eldercare Worker

Yu spoke on the growing reliance on female caregivers from developing countries as elder care needs continue to increase, which creates both opportunities and social inequalities for the caregivers. She highlighted the need for the rights and dignity of caregivers to be part of the focus of elder care research and policies.

Lynne Wanamaker
Unleashing the Superhero Within to Co-Create a Culture of Safety

Wanamaker spoke on "bystander intervention," which calls upon those who witness interpersonal violence to step up and take action. Her talk drew upon public health, trauma-informed, and feminist-empowerment frameworks to analyze our culture of violence and offer skills and an action-centered model to create a culture fundamentally inhospitable to interpersonal violation.

Maeve Kennedy Gormly
From Gunshots to Grad School: Race, Class, and the Myth of the Bootstrap

Gormly spoke of her experiences with gang violence, racism, and poverty growing up and how this experience translated into her role as a social worker, and the need to maximize her cultural knowledge and experience alongside the privilege of her education to fight for people in communities like hers, to empower the disempowered and disenfranchised.

Read presenters' full abstracts »