The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute was founded a year following Louis’ death, in 1994, to address the injustices of a system that doesn’t support families with children who are victims of violence. Its stated mission is to provide a center for “healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.”
In this Q&A with Professor Dearing, she discusses some of the main ideas and impetuses behind the book, and what it means to her to contribute to a conversation intent on increasing the social impact that we all can have, especially when working together for the greater good.
The Secretary addressed what her office is doing to combat the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth, emphasizing the data-driven approach that is already serving to curb addiction and overdoses across the state.
The City Councilwoman provided the keynote address at this year’s BCSSW Diversity Conference. The theme was “Powerful Women.”
The group is working on a project to create specific measureable indicators related to the sustainable development goals outlined during the UN’s conference on housing and urban development called Habitat III.
The study aims to analyze factors in the workplace that affect health and safety, including such measures as exposures to workplace policies and practices, work-related stress, and physical health hazards like lifting and bending.
On November 11th, BCSSW was honored to hear from the NIJ’s communications director on “Turning Powerful Ideas into Meaningful Change: How to Translate Research to Support its Use,” offering specific techniques to the social worker or academic seeking to advocate for new policy based on study findings.
Leaders in the field participated in a panel discussion that addressed the exploitation of immigrants, including fraud, scams, and financial threats to the foreign born living in America, as well as resources for lawyers and social workers working to mitigate these threats.
Earlier this month, five BCSSW professors and one school staffer took part in the Grand Challenges for Social Work Policy Conference held at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. They included Stephanie Berzin who presented on Policy Recommendations to Harness Technology for Social Good, and Ruth McRoy who led a discussion on how to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice.
In a recent a ceremony held in South Boston, this unique collaboration between BCSSW and the UWMB, called the IF Partnership, presented awards to HomeStart, Children’s HealthWatch, and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership to identify innovative, cost-effective, and feasible ideas to reduce family homelessness in the state.