APRIL 11, 2014
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was proud to have four students selected to present at Grad Talks, Boston College’s version of TED Talks. On Wednesday, April 2nd, BC Social Work students Kevin McCarthy, Patricia Yu, Lynne Wanamaker, and Maeve Kennedy Gormly joined six other Boston College graduate students from across disciplines to present their topics of interest and expertise to a captivated audience.
McCarthy spoke on the importance of focusing more resources on treatment for substance use disorders and developing long-term treatment plans to address substance abuse and recovery, for what can be understood to be a public health epidemic.
Human Rights of the Immigrant Eldercare Worker
Yu spoke on the growing reliance on female caregivers from developing countries as elder care needs continue to increase, which creates both opportunities and social inequalities for the caregivers. She highlighted the need for the rights and dignity of caregivers to be part of the focus of elder care research and policies.
Unleashing the Superhero Within to Co-Create a Culture of Safety
Wanamaker spoke on "bystander intervention," which calls upon those who witness interpersonal violence to step up and take action. Her talk drew upon public health, trauma-informed, and feminist-empowerment frameworks to analyze our culture of violence and offer skills and an action-centered model to create a culture fundamentally inhospitable to interpersonal violation.
Maeve Kennedy Gormly
From Gunshots to Grad School: Race, Class, and the Myth of the Bootstrap
Gormly spoke of her experiences with gang violence, racism, and poverty growing up and how this experience translated into her role as a social worker, and the need to maximize her cultural knowledge and experience alongside the privilege of her education to fight for people in communities like hers, to empower the disempowered and disenfranchised.