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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 »


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 »