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GSSW in the News
"Q&A: A Few Minutes With Jessica Black"

DECEMBER 15, 2011

It might seem unusual for a faculty member in social work to be involved in research that has to do with brain imaging and neural systems, but for the past several years, Graduate School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jessica Black has taken part in studies of dyslexia in early childhood through adolescence.  Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »

GSSW in the News
"GSSW Plans Forum on Spirituality in Social Work"

DECEMBER 15, 2011

The Graduate School of Social Work is expanding its annual alumni celebration into a school-wide conference that will explore spirituality in social work. The event, which takes place January 13 from 8 a.m.-noon in McGuinn 121, will include a keynote address by Edward R. Canda — whose research interests bridge religious studies and social service — as well as workshops and the presentation of the GSSW Distinguished Alumni Award.
Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »
REGISTER for the Diversity Conference and Alumni Award event »

GSSW in the News
"They're Eagles of One Feather"

DECEMBER 1, 2011

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work doctoral student Alfonso Alvarez and his daughter Luisa, also a Boston College student, feel connected even while he serves as behavioral health officer in the Army Medical Service Corps in Afghanistan. The GSSW community showed support by sending books, DVDs, & other items, and raising over $500 for a troop book fund.  Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »

Dean Godenzi to Chair 2011-2012 CSWE President/CEO Search Committee

AUGUST 17, 2011

Dean Alberto Godenzi will serve as the chair of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2011-2012 President/CEO Search Committee. The CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education.  more »

GSSW Doctoral Student Receives NASW Foundation Fellowship

AUGUST 16, 2011

Charu Stokes, a doctoral student at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, is this year's recipient of the Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship. The National Association of Social Workers Foundation awards the $2,000 fellowship to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on health policy and practice.  more »

NRCPDS Awarded $2.25 Million from U.S. Administration on Aging

JULY 26, 2011

GSSW Professor Kevin Mahoney and his team at the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) secured a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The three-year grant of $2.25 million provides the resources to "develop workforce competencies to ensure home and community based services are based on preferences and needs of consumer."  more »

New International PhD in Social Welfare Program Established

JULY 11, 2011

A ceremony on June 30, 2011, formalized an agreement between Boston College and Sovereign Bank/Santander Universities to establish an International PhD in Social Welfare Program in the Graduate School of Social Work. Through this doctoral program, Boston College will form partnerships and exchanges with Jesuit, Catholic universities worldwide to advance and professionalize the field of social welfare.  more »

Center on Aging & Work Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant

JUNE 23, 2011

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, a research center of the Graduate School of Social Work, has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to research the effectiveness of flexible time and place management strategies to maximize productivity from an age-diverse workforce. This is the Center's third multi-million dollar grant since 2005. more »

Judith Holm Award Given to Recent GSSW Graduate

MAY 27, 2011

Annalee Sweet, GSSW Class of 2011, was one of two MSW graduates in the United States to win the Judith Holm Award. Named for Judith Holm, MSS, BCD, the first President of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, these $2000 cash prizes are awarded to student authors of papers that best demonstrate mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice. Sweet submitted a paper titled, "Assessment and Interventions for an Adolescent Female Client with Major Depressive Disorder." more »

New GSSW Faculty Appointment in Health & Mental Health Concentration

APRIL 28, 2011

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to welcome Scott D. Easton, who will join the Health & Mental Health Concentration faculty this fall. Scott is currently completing his dissertation, entitled "Men who were sexually abused during childhood: An examination of factors that influence long-term mental health," at the University of Iowa School of Social Work.  more »

New GSSW Faculty Appointment in Older Adults & Families Concentration

APRIL 26, 2011

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Christina Matz-Costa will join the Older Adults & Families Concentration this fall. Tina is currently completing her dissertation, entitled "Productive aging in the workplace: Understanding factors that promote or impede engagement in work roles," in the Boston College GSSW doctoral program. She earned her MSW from Boston College with a concentration in macro social work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Honors Program at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  more »

SCAN Foundation Presents NRCPDS Issue Briefs

APRIL 7, 2011

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) wrote five issue briefs for The SCAN Foundation as part of their CLASS Technical Assistance Series. The briefs are intended to address issues pertinent to the development and implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Plan.  more »

Professor Lubben Selected as Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

MARCH 31, 2011

James Lubben, Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair, and Director of the Doctoral Program at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The Academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high impact work that advances social good. In addition to chairing the GSSW doctoral program, Lubben is director of the Boston College Institute on Aging, and director of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program.  more »

GSSW Alum Receives Dinneen Award

MARCH 25, 2011

Ilyitch Nahiely Tábora, a 2005 graduate of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been featured in the Boston Globe as this year's recipient of the John A. Dinneen, S.J. Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award. The Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship Committee of Boston College annually presents the Dinneen Award to a Boston College graduate whose work best reflects the legacy of Archbishop Romero and the commitment, leadership and service to the Latino community of the late Rev. John A. Dinneen, S.J.  more »

Conference Spotlights PhD Research

MARCH 4, 2011

Boston College's doctoral students were in the spotlight at the University’s Annual Multidisciplinary PhD Research Development Day. The event featured PhD research from the Graduate School of Social Work, Lynch School of Education, and Connell School of Nursing.  more »

GSSW Center Director Presents at Congressional Briefing

FEBRUARY 24, 2011

GSSW Professor Kevin J. Mahoney presented at the Congressional Briefing on "The Implications of Health Care Reform for the Social Work Profession" on February 16, 2011, in Washington, DC. Mahoney, director of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, spoke on participant direction as a theme in health care reform with major import for the social work profession.  more »

New GSSW Faculty Appointment

FEBRUARY 7, 2011

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Rocio Calvo Vilches will join the GSSW as an Assistant Professor this fall. Rocio is currently in her second year as a David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard's Center for Population and Development Studies, where she has been focusing on immigration, social policy, social inclusion, and quantitative and comparative methods. She earned a Joint European Master's in International Humanitarian Action at Deusto University and a PhD in Social Work at Boston College. Rocio's dissertation was a cross-examination of the welfare state as an agent of immigrant incorporation.

Upon joining Boston College, Rocio will pilot a study on how welfare expenditure and welfare scope shape social capital outcomes among immigrants and their descendants in local communities.

GSSW Professor Receives NASW Award

JANUARY 31, 2011

Professor Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Chairperson of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's Older Adults & Families Concentration, has been chosen to receive the NASW Massachuetts Chapter's Greatest Contribution to Social Work award. This award acknowledges and honors NASW members whose contributions to social work education have been outstanding. Characteristics considered include: creativity, innovation, clarity in presentation, openness to new ideas, fairness, willingness to deal with issues of oppression and discrimination, ability to integrate theory and practice, and expertise in a particular subject area.  more »

Events Archive


Annual Alumni Meeting & Reception

DECEMBER 1, 2011
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Boston Room, Corcoran Commons

Join your fellow alumni at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Annual Alumni Meeting & Reception. Coffee, soda, and desserts will be served. All GSSW alumni are invited; no registration required.  more »

GSSW Alumni Association Networking Event

NOVEMBER 17, 2011
6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn 521

This fun event gives GSSW alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short formal career panel discussion. Appetizers and beverages provided.  more »

PhD Online Information Session

OCTOBER 20, 2011
5:00–6:00 p.m.

We invite you to participate in an interactive Online Information Session to learn about our program and ask questions. The session will be facilitated by the Program Director, Dr. James Lubben, and by a current PhD student.   more »

Lecture with Agustín Basave: "Mexico: Corruption, Violence, Culture and Identity"

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
8:00 a.m. Traditional Mexican Burrito Breakfast
8:30–10 a.m. Lecture and Discussion
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and Latinos/as at BC present a lecture by renowned scholar and writer Agustín Basave on "Mexico: Corruption, Violence, Culture and Identity."  more »

Spirituality / Diversity Lecture & Luncheon

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
12:30–2:30 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Spirituality & Social Work: A Lecture & Discussion to Welcome Our New Students

This event welcomes our first year students and begins their formation as respectful and effective social work practitioners in a world characterized by wonderful and complex diversity. Dr. Nancy Kehoe will speak about her own spiritual journey and spirituality in the lives of people living with serious mental illness.  more »

GSSW 75th Anniversary

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

Join faculty, students, alumni, and staff for a day-long series of events in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. The keynote speaker will be Victoria Reggie Kennedy.  more »

Field Education Orientation

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

For all students who are scheduled to begin their First Year Internship in September. Breakfast, presentation, and meetings with advisors.

Two-Year MSW Student Orientation

8:00–2:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule 2011 for details

Three-Year MSW Student Orientation

AUGUST 31, 2011
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule 2011 for details

Commencement 2011

MAY 23, 2011
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00 p.m. — GSSW Diploma Ceremony

The 135th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 23, 2011. The University Commencement is held in Alumni Stadium (severe weather location: Conte Forum) and will begin with the procession at 9:15 a.m. and will end after approximately two hours.  more »

Accepted Student Reception

MAY 11, 2011
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Meet other admitted students, current students, faculty and staff. Appetizers and light refreshments will be available.

4th Annual Policy Poster Session

MAY 5, 2011
12–2 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

The Class of 2011 from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will present posters on diverse policy topics. Students from the Children, Youth, and Families; Health and Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families concentrations will showcase and discuss analyses of policy components and implementation issues.  more »

Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors

MARCH 29, 2011
9:30 a.m.–Noon
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Field interns and their supervisors are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the first Director of Field Education at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, the Breakfast is an opportunity for interns to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to the students' education.  more »

Jack Kirkland
5th Annual Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

MARCH 25, 2011
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jack Kirkland, Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: "The Black Masses—Permanently in Poverty—Slavery—Depression—Recession—as Far as the Eye Can See. Unless…"  more »

GSSW Recruitment Fair

MARCH 4, 2011
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about the employment opportunities at their agencies. GSSW students and alumni are invited to come and speak one-on-one with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs.

*This event is available to Boston College GSSW students and alumni only. IDs will be required.

Tips for preparing for the 2011 Recruitment Fair (PDF)

2011 Recruitment Fair Participating Agencies (PDF)

Boston College Multidisciplinary PhD Research Day

MARCH 4, 2011
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

This conference is a collaborative effort highlighting doctoral student research in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Lynch School of Education, and William F. Connell School of Nursing.  more »

GSSW Career Day

JANUARY 13, 2011
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

For Final Year Students, a half-day event to kick off your last semester at GSSW! The event includes an overview of the job search, a resume/cover letter writing workshop, and an alumni panel who will share their career experiences.  more »