This year’s BC Social Work cohort members are Leah Igdalsky and Joanna Abaroa-Ellison. Igdalsky is working at Boston City Hall for the Mayor’s Disabilities Commission; Abaroa-Ellison is interning with the Somerville Police Department.
Stephanie Brueck and Matt Pecoraro embody the diversity of opportunity inherent for those who understand how neuroscience impacts social work, and vice versa.
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.
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.
On the docket was a review of the proposed bill H. 1382, which, according to the National Association of Social Workers, “would create community-based services for non-violent primary caretaker parents, as an alternative to imprisoning them and separating them from their children.”
The BCSSW professor joined 20 other academics, non-profit executives, and social activists in Lima, Peru this past month as part of an initiative convened by the United Nations to make recommendations on creating more inclusive cities across the world.
What’s the best way to get your policy perspective heard by people that can make change happen? Go straight to Capitol Hill. In a way, that’s the tactic taken by Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing, in her latest opinion piece to be published on poverty.
BCSSW alumni are hard at work to change social policy in spaces around the world, from Boston to Beirut to Beijing, and their influence reaches as high as the White House.