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Events

Commencement 2015

MAY 18, 2015
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m. — School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 139th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement (main ceremony) will start with a procession at 9:15 a.m. All graduates should be in assembly areas by 8:15 a.m. The academic procession into Alumni Stadium for the University Commencement will begin at 9:15 a.m. Family and guests should be seated by that time. This will be followed by individual School and College Diploma Ceremonies. All should be completed no later than 2:00 p.m.

The School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held following the University Commencement at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Burns Lawn (rain or shine). The ceremony will feature a welcome from Dean Alberto Godenzi and greetings from a renowned speaker.   More about Commencement »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
Salome Raheim - "Race and Justice: From Analysis to Action"

APRIL 15, 2015
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs, Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by April 10, 2015
RSVP to Christine McIntosh at chris.mcintosh@bc.edu.

Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW, is Dean and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and is the first African American and person of color to hold this position. She served as founding co-director of the university’s Health Disparities Institute from 2010 to 2014. She is co-founder of The Privilege Project, an international collaboration to address issues of social justice in micro and macro practice.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »

News

BC Social Work Students Present at Grad Talks

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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
Addiction-Treatment-Recovery

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 »