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Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2016

JANUARY 21, 2016

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to  Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and  Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.

Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence.  See bio »  

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Black History Month Speaker: High Roads, Low Roads, and In Between
Professor Charles F. Smith Jr.

Black History Month
Charles F. Smith, Jr.

FEBRUARY 25, 2016
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP Required
*Lunch provided

The BC community is invited to attend a unique event celebrating Black History Month at the Boston College School of Social Work. Boston College's first tenured black faculty member, Charles F. Smith, Jr., will present a talk on his life and his enduring passion to fight for social justice titled, "High Roads, Low Roads, and In Between." The talk is one in a series of presentations during BC Social Work's 2015-2016 Diversity Focus on "Race & Justice."

Professor Charles F. Smith, Jr. joined Boston College in 1968 as an instructor of social studies methods and director of the Teacher Corps Program, which was part of a national effort to train graduate students to teach in urban areas. He developed and directed the Urban Education Program, Boston College's initiative to prepare student-teachers for inner-city work. He also organized and chaired the Association of Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators, as well as the Council of Black Faculty. He retired from Boston College in 1996 and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Lynch School of Education.

Smith has long been active in national professional organizations and recently was elected to the board of directors of the National Council for the Social Studies' Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities created a lecture series in his name.

He has been a leader in the Newton community as vice chairman of the Black Citizens of Newton and by playing a key role in developing the Black Teachers Association of the Newton Public Schools.

RSVP Required