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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.


GSSW in the News
BC Social Work Student Gets Invite to 'Ellen Show'

STM/GSSW student Liz D'Onofrio and her friend Brianna Lambro at the Ellen Show.

FEBRUARY 14, 2014

To say that the phone call Boston College Graduate School of Social Work student Liz D'Onofrio got last fall was memorable, would be an understatement. The caller was talk show host, comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres, who reached out to D'Onofrio after she had posted the following on her Facebook page: "I just answered an unknown number because I actually thought it might be Ellen DeGeneres. I never, ever want to miss that call."

While D'Onofrio had heard from a producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after that post, she had no idea DeGeneres would call her directly, much less during a taping of the talk show.

"It was very surprising," said D'Onofrio, who said she could hear the audience reacting as she answered DeGeneres’ call. Initially, the point of DeGeneres' call was to offer D’Onofrio a copy of her new CD, "Ellen's I'm Gonna Make You Dance Jams."

But a stronger connection was made when DeGeneres found out about D'Onofrio's work as an intern at the Children's Room in Arlington, a place that offers support for grieving children who have lost someone in their family. DeGeneres responded with "I love you…I'm so glad I called you." Next thing D'Onofrio knew, DeGeneres had invited her to California to meet her and come to a taping of the show.  Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »

Watch the video on the "Ellen Show" (about 1:28 into the video) »