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Social Work Is BC: A School Celebration

NOVEMBER 11, 2014
6:00–8:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
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Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.

On November 11, the university will officially recognize our name change to the Boston College School of Social Work, the original name of our school in 1936. We will mark this important event in our history by celebrating our presence at the very heart of Boston College's mission of social justice and service to others.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families are all invited to participate in the "Social Work is BC" event.  More about Social Work Is BC »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Talia Rivera, Network Manager at Council on Foundations

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
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 witheria@bc.edu to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.

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.

Talia Rivera's experience working with youth began in 1998. She is among the leading thinkers on youth violence, gang interventions, network organizing, and street work in the City of Boston.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Talia Rivera »

News

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.