Chrismaldi Vasquez is Associate Director at Family Independence Initiative (FII) Boston, an organization that leverages the power of information to support economic and social mobility in the United States.
As we look ahead to 2015, the themes of race and justice will undoubtedly remain at the forefront of the American psyche; certainly they will continue to permeate the daily work of social workers across the nation, while serving to shape the motivations of those charged with molding U.S. social policy moving forward.
President Obama has signed important legislation acknowledging a program designed and implemented with an important contribution from the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), one of BC Social Work’s flagship centers.
In January, hundreds of the foremost thinkers in social work higher education gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. The chair of this year’s event was SSWR Vice President James Lubben, who is Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair at the Boston College School of Social Work.
This year, Associate Professor Tom Crea was named Chair of the Boston College School of Social Work’s Global Practice program. Since arriving in Chestnut Hill in 2007, Crea has established himself as a leader in the blossoming field of global social work, and he has continued to conduct groundbreaking research with organizations across the world.