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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
Jessica Black Awarded University Ignite Grant to Support Neuroscience Research

Assistant Professor Jessica Black
Assistant Professor Jessica Black

AUGUST 11, 2014

Assistant Professor Jessica Black was recently awarded an Ignite grant, one of two new grant programs launched by Boston College to provide seed funding for new faculty scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration. Professor Black said her Ignite award will support her research on youth with or at risk for learning disabilities as part of a team that includes researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

"This Ignite Award is important to expand learning disabilities research beyond deficit and risk to also include explicit focus on under explored protective processes – such as academic and non-academic strengths, future orientation, motivation, and mentor relationships – that may contribute to resilience outcomes for these youth," Black said. The team is preparing to seek federal funding for a large-scale, long-term youth study using neuro-imaging.

The Ignite program will award three to four grants of up to $30,000 three times a year to full-time, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, said Vice Provost for Research Thomas Chiles. The program, which recently awarded its first round of grants, is designed to respond to requests throughout the academic year and provide a relatively short turn-around time between application and funding.

"We are a research university and innovation, new ideas and discoveries come from our faculty,” said Chiles, a professor of biology. “These programs give us a mechanism to help faculty make progress on ideas and innovations, with the goal of positioning them to be successful as they compete for federal and private funding."  More from the BC Chronicle »