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Video: Immigrant Integration Lab

Dr. Westy Egmont

Dr. Westy Egmont introduces the Immigrant Integration Lab. He addresses the implications of 38 million immigrants living in the U.S. today and proposes that social workers are the front line of interactivity with this newcomer population.  Watch video »

Helping Immigrants Succeed

BC Social Work Magazine 2013

The BC Social Work Magazine 2013 issue highlights the Immigrant Integration Lab's pioneering effort to ensure that newcomers succeed.  Read the article »

News & Events

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Immigrant Integration: Here and There


Westy Egmont, Research Professor and Director of the Immigrant Integration Lab, led twelve students from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work through England, Belgium, and France to study immigrant integration in the European Union (EU) this summer. The course, EU and U.S. Immigrant Integration: a Comparison of Social Policy, positioned students to actively research the issue of immigrant integration through a comparative analysis of policies and practices in the EU and the U.S.  More about Immigrant Integration: Here and There »

IIL Co-Hosts Seminar on Supporting Immigrant Students

MAY 17, 2013

The Immigrant Integration Lab in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Optimized Student Support in the Boston College Lynch School of Education co-hosted an event on May 10, 2013, that brought together experts from the fields of education and immigration. Panelists spoke on the obstacles and opportunities facing immigrant children in the world of education.  More about the Seminar on Supporting Immigrant Students »

Governor Deval Patrick Speaks to BC Social Work Community
Governor Deval Patrick

APRIL 2, 2013

Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, spoke to the Boston College Social Work community on April 2, 2013, about the politics and policies of inclusion.

"Welcoming new Americans reminds us of our ideals," said Governor Patrick. "The American dream is more than the stuff of legend or folklore. It's real … and it's especially real in the lives of immigrants and those of us who work to make it real, and make it last."  More about Governor Patrick's Address »

Graduate School of Social Work Hosts Naturalization Ceremony
New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

MARCH 26, 2013

Boston College welcomed 94 new American citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on March 21, 2013.

"Social work is all about inclusion and empowerment," said GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi. "There is something unique about experiencing this moment, when people from all walks of life collectively embrace the values of the nation. We wanted to bring this ceremony to BC to be witnessed by the students, faculty, and staff of Boston College."  More about Naturalization Ceremony »

Immigrant Integration Lab Launched

JANUARY 15, 2013

The Immigrant Integration Lab launched with a colloquium on the role of social workers in immigrant integration. Demetrios Papademetriou, President and Founder of Migration Policy Institute, was the keynote speaker.  More about the colloquium and video of the keynote »

Immigrant Integration Lab Fellowship Award

OCTOBER 31, 2012

A $10,000 Fellowship has been awarded to Lyndsey McMahan, MSW '14, to research the provision of basic needs to asylees in the U.S. being released from detention centers.  More about the Fellowship »

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