The mission of our Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (EJI) Initiatives is to develop policies and practices that promote a caring, respectful, and inclusive community. EJI promotes open and honest conversations, fosters interdisciplinary collaborations, and expands access to opportunities for historically marginalized groups, including women, racial and ethnic populations, and the LGBTQ+ community.
The LLI develops leaders equipped to work with the Latinx community on sustainable solutions for complex problems.
This initiative supports, develops, and prepares MSW-level practitioners regarding issues faced by the Black community.
This certificate program prepares students to direct EJI programs at colleges, public agencies, and companies in the private sector.
This group fosters a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ students and allies. All groups in the BCSSW Student Collective are dedicated to informing and supporting the community.
The Affirm Lab seeks to improve mental health therapy for stigmatized youth by identifying their experiences and developing methods to improve their care.
The OpEd Project is a nonprofit organization that elevates the ideas and knowledge of underrepresented expert voices through op-eds and more.
In this field of practice, students will take a holistic approach toward a critical examination of social work from an African-centered perspective.
BCSSW also offers optional certificates within the M.S.W. program that focus on subject-specific areas of social work practice and policy.
Our students represent a variety of life experiences, personal interests, and professional goals. Together with our supportive faculty and staff, they make up our vibrant community.
Marina Rakhilin, MSW’23, is one of 17 members of the BC community who have been recognized for making outstanding contributions to campus life.
Elsie Taveras, the chief community health and health equity officer for Mass General Brigham, discussed MGB’s United Against Racism initiative at the annual EJI Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration.
Taveras, the inaugural chief community health and health equity officer for Mass General Brigham, will discuss the health system’s multi-million-dollar initiative to combat the impact that racism has on patients, staff, and the wider community.
As part of her new role, the founding director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative will work to address barriers to the delivery of equitable, culturally-competent, and clinically-appropriate behavioral healthcare.
Dean Gautam N. Yadama will advise the project, which is being spearheaded by FamilyAid in conjunction with a consortium of partners including the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Boston Public Schools, and Boston Children’s Hospital.
The EJI Committee actively works to tackle inequalities that contribute to unfair outcomes in the classroom, to better prepare students to work with diverse populations around the world, and to create a culture of mutual respect and lifelong learning. The committee includes four subcommittees dedicated to helping BCSSW achieve its strategic directions:
This working group will focus on building skills in conducting courageous conversations; strategies for disrupting racism; and training others in good antiracist and anti-oppressive social work practice.
This working group will challenge instances of racism and oppression in the course offerings at BCSSW by mapping how equity, justice, and inclusion show up in classes and developing methods to resolve gaps in social work education.
This working group will focus on capturing and analyzing the impact of our efforts to dismantle white supremacy at BCSSW. This group has been working hard to craft metrics that inform our thinking and decision making.
This working group is dedicated to creating student leaders focused on ensuring BCSSW is an antiracist school, analyzing policy to encourage a welcoming environment, and pursuing action-oriented advocacy on behalf of all BCSSW students.
* Percentage of faculty who self-identify as AHANA (African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American)
Students who have graduated from the Latinx Leadership Initiative since 2013
Number of EJI events hosted, 2020–21
Student fellows enrolled in inaugural year of Black Leadership Initiative (2021–22)
Faculty Diversity (2022-23)
BCSSW's Black Leadership Initiative and Latinx Leadership Initiative encourage students to develop a more nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by specific populations to move closer to solutions.