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On November 11, 2014, we returned to our roots by dropping the “Graduate” from our school’s name to reclaim the “Boston College School of Social Work,” the original name bestowed by its founders in 1936. The name change offered the opportunity to celebrate the school’s history, its people, and its mission. The title of the event was “Social Work Is BC.”

Participants from more than 20 BCSSW programs and initiatives joined in a dynamic “flash mob style” presentation that included singing, dancing, inspiring remarks, and loud cheers. READ MORE ON OUR BLOG >>

You can also watch a video of congratulations from the BCSSW community and its partners.

_DSC9478 copy 2At BC Social Work’s first Social Innovation Symposium on May 1, speakers and workshops focused on economic justice. Participants at the event, which was planned and run by student organizers, examined innovative practices in using assets, the built environment, and social capital to develop and improve access to economic resources in marginalized communities. Symposium speakers included: Jesus Gerena, director at the Family Independence Initiative, Boston, on access to assets; Steve Poftak, executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University, on the built environment; and Talia Rivera, member relations director at the Council on Foundations, on social capital.

“As all of you go out and innovate,” urged panel moderator and Northeast Ashoka Director Fernande Raine, “first of all, be aware of the unintended consequences. Second of all, be inclusive of the community you work with, engage the community in your process, and respect the user in designing solutions . . . and finally, recognize a city as an essential platform and community to do your work.”


Visit the BCSSW blog to read these stories at:  INNOVATE@BCSOCIALWORK