Alumni and friends,
Welcome to the 2012–2013 academic year. This year marks a milestone for both Boston College and the Lynch School of Education, as the University celebrates its sesquicentennial and the Lynch School marks its 60-year anniversary. This year’s October 5 Lynch School Symposium on Education and Its Role in Democratic Societies, led by professors Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Dennis Shirley, is the first academic symposium of Boston College’s 150th anniversary year. I hope to see you there.
This past spring at reunion, I had the opportunity to talk with graduates from classes who have graduated over the past six decades and to meet with members of the founding class who graduated in 1956. Their stories highlighted the varied historical events that have shaped their education and subsequent lives: the Vietnam War, the women’s and civil rights movements, the busing crises in the city of Boston, and the attacks on the World Trade towers, among others. What was noteworthy about our alumni’s life stories, however, was their strong commitment to the power of education and social, emotional, and spiritual awareness as foundations for social justice, which has prevailed among our students (and faculty) throughout the decades. Today, the Lynch School prepares professionals and produces signal research that not only shapes education practice and policy, but addresses the salient educational and social challenges of our times.
In this issue of eColloquia, you will read about the Lynch School community’s achievements and influence in addressing contemporary issues. Our feature stories cover how the Lynch School and the Roche Center for Catholic Education are providing area Catholic school educators with the tools for 21st-century teaching and learning; Lynch School Associate Professor Eric Dearing’s research on immigrant students and families; the Diversity Challenge and its founder, Lynch School Augustus Long Professor Janet E. Helms, and the many students she has mentored in promoting knowledge regarding the assets and complexities of race and culture in our society; as well as a brief history of the Lynch School. As always, we bring you faculty news and alumni notes.
In closing, I would like to note how excited I am to lead the Lynch School during this eventful year, as we continue to expand our influence and impact on the landscape of educational and psychological practice, research, and policy—throughout Boston, the nation, and the globe.
Interim Dean and Professor
P.S. As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we would like to learn more about your time at the Lynch School. Please e-mail us your memories, photos, and videos to be considered for a multimedia presentation later this academic year. We are particularly interested in hearing how specific events during your undergraduate or graduate years affected your career trajectory. Also, please e-mail stories about yourself and other alumni who have made a lasting impact on research and practice in the fields of applied psychology and education. (If you would like us to scan photographs, mail them to Dan Landers, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Campion Hall, Room 101D, Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467. Photos will be returned by U.S. mail.)