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News - 2014

Camarena Presents on Innovation in Education in Nicaragua

OCTOBER 15-19, 2014

Joining leaders from over 20 countries, Assistant Director of the Center for Social Innovation, Humberto Camarena, led the discussion on innovation in higher education to explore strategies for engaging students and educators through innovation. Continue Reading»

New Innovation Collaborative with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile

AUGUST 1, 2014

A new collaboration is recently underway between the BC Center for Social Innovation and Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile. The two universities are partnering to advance the field of Social Innovation by engaging in a one-year collaborative project involving faculty, students, and local NGOs in Santiago, Chile. This unique opportunity for international academic and student exchange will serve as a stepping stone for further collaborations in the future between the two schools of social work. Continue reading»

Center Leads Conversation on Social Innovation at Management Conference

JUNE 30, 2014

This June, leaders in the field of social work across academia, research, and practice convened at the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference to discuss "Management in the Age of Innovation" at Simmons College in Boston. Throughout the course of two days, deans and directors of schools of social work engaged with executive directors and CEOs of leading organizations, while workers on the front lines shared their perspectives on how social workers can make a difference through innovation toward building organizations for change. Faculty and students studying tomorrow's best practices in management discussed the emerging skill sets needed for tomorrow's leaders. Attendees represented organizations from across the United States.  Continue reading »

Events - 2014

CSI Partners with City Awake Boston

DECEMBER 4- 13, 2014


A 10 day social impact festival is coming to Boston! City Awake will bring together more than 170 partner organizations to connect and celebrate Boston's dynamic social impact community. Featuring over 50 planned events including panels, presentations, and hands-on workshops, City Awake aims to showcase and strengthen the diverse and impactful work being done by Boston's impact sector. Learn more at»

Macro Social Work Student Group Meeting

Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm in McGuinn 437


The MSWSG meets on a monthly basis to provide students with an opportunity to engage in practical macro social work skills and build networks to foster further professional development and success. November’s meeting will focus on the following topics: Defining macro social work, Negotiation 101, and the upcoming Innovation Symposium

For more information, visit the MSWSG website.

Provider's Council Panel on Social Innovation

NOVEMBER 17, 2014   


The BC Center for Social Innovation will be presenting findings from the Leading the Way report as well as moderating a panel discussion on social innovation at the Providers’ Council 39th Annual Convention and Expo on Monday, November 17 in Boston, MA. Each year there is an offering of 32 workshops designed for a wide range of staff in human service organizations, from direct care staff to executives - the Convention attracts about 1000 attendees from the Massachusetts human services sector.

For more information and registration, click here.

Social Work Is BC: A School Celebration

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

6:00–8:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
RSVP here »
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 »

Berzin to Speak at MIT Conference on Climate Change

NOVEMBER 6-7, 2014

Stephanie Berzin will be giving a talk at the Crowds and Climate Conference, at MIT, which will focus on how new bottom-up, technology-enabled approaches—such as crowdsourcing, social media, and big data—can help in developing creative new ideas and taking action on climate change. For more information and registration click here.

Lunch with Leader Talia Rivera

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 to reserve your spot. This event is now full, but please email us to add your name to the waitlist.

Lunch with Leader Elizabeth Nahar

OCTOBER 3, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons

Elizabeth Nahar currently serves as Director of Sustainability for ChildObesity180, a childhood obesity prevention organization at Tufts University.

The event seating is limited to 10 seats, and sign-up will be on a first come, first-served basis until the 10 seats are filled. Please email to reserve a seat.

Social Innovation Day

April 8, 2014

Join us for this year’s Social Innovation Day! Teams of Social Innovation and Leadership students at the Graduate School of Social Work will gather for a day long series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. Presentations are from 9:30-10:45am at the Idea Fair and from 3-5pm during the group presentations. The event will be held at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton Campus. Read More»

Lunch with Leader Andrea Perry

Friday, March 28th

12:00-1:00pm McElroy Commons

Our next Leadership Luch will feature Andrea Perry, LICSW, Executive Director of YouthConnect. The lunch will be held in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Christopher Watt at

Lunch with Leader John Larivee

Friday, February 14th

11:50am-1:00pm McElroy Commons

The upcoming Leadership Lunch will be with John Larivee, CEO of Community Resources for Justice. The lunch will be located in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Chris Watt at

From Financial Services to Social Services

January 22, 2014


Campion 139

We invite GSSW students, staff and faculty to join us for a presentation and conversation with Michael Gilligan,'77, Chairman of the Board of LIFT Boston. LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. They are working towards establishing a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty.