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BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

MARCH 27, 2015
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, 4th Floor, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs.  More about the BC Social Work Recruitment Fair »

Black History Month Speaker
Claudette Colvin: Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement

FEBRUARY 19, 2015
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Lunch provided
RSVP Required: Please email Christine McIntosh at chris.mcintosh@bc.edu.

The BC community is invited to attend a unique event celebrating Black History Month at the Boston College School of Social Work, where civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin will present a talk on her life and her fight for social justice. The talk is one in a series of presentations during BC Social Work's 2014-2015 Diversity Focus on "Race & Justice."

In addition to being the grandmother of current MSW student Jennifer Colvin, Claudette Colvin played an important role in the civil rights movement. Nine months before Rosa Parks' famous stand for justice, she also was arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white person and move to the back of the bus. She was only 15 years old at the time.  More about the Black History Month event with Claudette Colvin »

News

GSSW in the News
Ruth McRoy Receives Two Honors as Child Advocate and Distinguished Alumna

Professor Ruth McRoy
Ruth McRoy

APRIL 7, 2014

Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth McRoy has been chosen to receive a Child Advocate of the Year Award by the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), which provides support and services to waiting children and adoptive families.

A member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty since 2009, McRoy is a nationally recognized expert on adoption-related issues. Earlier this year McRoy was appointed to Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Adoption Task Force. She has contributed her expertise to the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, leading a research team in studies on barriers to adoption and factors associated with successful special needs adoptions. McRoy now directs a team conducting a 10-year evaluation of AdoptUSKids.

"I am so excited and honored to receive this award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children," said McRoy. "Throughout my social work career, I have been focused on trying to find ways to improve our child welfare system and most importantly, to improve outcomes for children and families. Every child deserves a permanent family."  More from the Boston College Chronicle »

McRoy was also selected as the recipient of the 2014 Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and its alumni organization, the Social Work Alumni Network.

Her nominations included the following statements: "Ruth McRoy's passion, intelligence, focus, persistence, and hard work have been catalysts for positive and much needed change in adoption and foster care policy and practice in the United States and abroad;" "Dr. McRoy has been a kind and generous mentor to the hundreds of students and staff that she has taught and supervised over the years;" and "Dr. McRoy is one of the most well-known and respected figures within the field of social work today."  More from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work »