The trauma and vulnerability of detained families and separated children are not as easily undone as a policy change. In designing interventions, we must account for the accumulated impact of adverse events that result from complex interactions at various levels, scales, and across social systems and policy responses. BCSSW faculty are pursuing new approaches in their research and teaching that recognize the nature of complex social systems driving individual, community, and institutional behaviors.
The Grand Challenges in Social Work highlight important societal dilemmas that demand innovation and the creation of new knowledge networks. To lead research, scholarship, teaching, and practice around these challenges, social work scholars must bring together relevant disciplines and professions, social work practice partners, and communities. These knowledge networks leverage the strength of a diversity of fields and draw on the lived experience of communities and populations embedded in the problems of concern to us.
In this Q&A, she discusses her time as a PhD student at Boston College and her research studying social workers in occupied Palestine, and she offers advice for PhD students interested in international opportunities.
Kumar joined the BCSSW faculty this past September. In this Q&A with Innovate, he discusses his diverse background working across consulting, engineering, and social work; his transdisciplinary approach to research projects; and his expectations for teaching and inquiry at Boston College.
Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath cites research, including her own, that shows that sexual harassment in the workplace has been found to impact both physical and mental health of those harassed.
In our efforts to continually translate knowledge into social action and intervention, schools of social work know the necessity and value of being rooted in places and communities in enduring ways, and of collaborating with those embedded in social dilemmas.
Howard brought a uniquely personal approach to admissions over the course of 39 years of service to the School of Social Work.
Pinderhughes Fellowship winner Victor Figuereo is now in his third year at BCSSW. He is a member of the school’s Latino Leadership Initiative, and specifically, he is part of the LLI’s Latino Research Seminar, a program designed to address the disparity of Latino professors in higher education.
In this video diary from Commencement, recent graduate Skylar Chew reflects on what her global field education experience meant to her.
The founder and CEO of Harbor Camps sits down with Innovate to discuss what Boston College meant to him, and how the support he received here has allowed him to establish, and grow, a first-of-its kind inclusive camp.