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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.


Stephanie Berzin Wins Award for 'Outstanding Use of Technology in Teaching'

Stephanie Berzin
Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin (fifth from left) and fellow winners of the Teaching with New Media Award. (Photo by Gabriel LaRusso)

MAY 27, 2014

This spring, Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was awarded a Teaching with New Media (TWIN) award by Boston College Instructional Design and eTeaching Services. The award, which recognizes faculty members for outstanding uses of technology in teaching, is just one proof point as to how BC Social Work is innovating to build leaders for the future.

"Every day teaching at the school of social work, I'm truly inspired by the possibility that my students are going to change the world," says Berzin. "By integrating the latest in technology into our classrooms, we are best preparing them for success once they leave campus and enter the workforce."

A group of faculty, students, and staff nominated Berzin for exceptional and innovative use of Canvas, a novel open-source learning management system. Canvas is designed as an online "communication hub" where students and professors can interact on class assignments and do so across various channels, such as email and social media.

"Canvas allows students to easily share their product with each other and with the course," explains Berzin. "Moving forward, whether for a competition or in searching for a crowd funding source, they’ll also be able to use this platform to pitch their ideas more broadly. This can be critical to both academic and professional success."

As co-director of BC Social Work's Center for Social Innovation, Berzin is focused on preparing tomorrow's social sector leaders, while promoting the capacity of existing agencies to respond to social issues. Learn more about the center's mission to foster effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice.

See Stephanie Berzin's faculty profile and learn more about her research »

Read more about the study co-authored by Stephanie Berzin, "Leading the Way: Social Innovation in Massachusetts" »

Teaching with New Media Awards Video

Stephanie Berzin and other award winners discuss their experiences using Canvas in their courses.