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Dear Alumni,

Spring is just around the corner and with it lots of activities and ways to connect with the BCSSW Community.  

Please remember the SSW Alumni Association Board meets monthly on the following dates: 3/30 and 4/27. Meetings are open and we encourage you to attend to learn how you can get involved with BCSSW as an alum. If interested in attending a meeting, please email at least a week before the meeting date so we can include you in our food order and confirm the location. 

BCSSW Alumni Association 

Left: Whitney Henderson '11 and Mother of Colleen Fitzgerald '11
Right: James Martin '70 and nominator Jeff Yarvis '94
2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

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 9th at McGuinn Hall, to Colleen Fitzgerald, MSW '11, and James A. Martin, MSW '70.

View bios, photos and video from Alumni Award Event >> 

This innovative course offered a unique field-based experience for a next generation of social workers devoted to shaping immigration policy. Services to Migrants: A Border Perspective included two weeks of intensive on-the-ground inquiry along the Arizona/Mexico border.  

If you are an alum in the Arizona area, and want to connect with this group next year, please email  

Ways to Get Involved at BCSSW

March 27th Recruitment Fair:

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Murray Room, Yawkey Center

  • Job searching? Plan to attend this event; no registration required. 
  • A list of agencies attending will be available online starting March 9th.

April 8th Book Club: All our Names by Dinaw Mangestu.

  • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Reception, McGuinn 334, hosted by Professor Westy Egmont and Alumni Board member, Whitney Henderson
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Author's Talk, Gasson 100
RSVP at:

April Service Day: Looking for alumni volunteers across the country to partner with the BC Alumni Chapters in organizing BCSSW involvement in this annual event. If interested, contact:


Ann Arbor Alums: Cindy Snell, Director of Careers Services and Alumni Relations, is attending a conference in June and would love to get together with alums in the area. Email her at:

McGuinn Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Upcoming Events:


"Navigating the Eldercare Maze" Webinar
March 5, 2015,
Presented by SSW alumna Andrea Cohen.


Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
April 15, 2015,
8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Murray Room, Yawkey Center. 
Event in honor of Professor Emerita, Elaine Pinderhughes.

Keynote speaker Salome Raheim, Dean, University of Connecticut School of Social Work will lead this year's diversity topic discussion on Race + Justice. 1.25 CEUs.
Stay Connected:
Join the BCSSW group to connect with alumni. Coming soon, a subgroup for doctoral alumni.

The Boston College School of Social Work blog: an interactive space designed to serve those who are committed to social justice. For students, alumni, and faculty of the school, and anyone seeking to engage in an intellectual forum about how to make transformation happen.

Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) - Today's Social Workers Serving Tomorrow's Citizens:
Interested in immigration issues? Or how you can help immigrants become part of the fabric of American society? Join our mailing list to receive our newsletter which provides information and tools such as reviews on academic journals and books, and current news pieces.

The BC Social Work Magazine showcases new initiatives launched by the Boston College School of Social Work.