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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.


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 »